On Wednesday, Attorney General Bill Schuette issued an official legal opinion clarifying state law regarding the potential closure of underachieving schools in Detroit. The opinion states that under current law, schools operated by the Detroit Public School Community District are subject to closure before the end of the current school year if they are amongst the lowest-achieving 5% of all public schools for the immediately preceding three school years.
Additionally, the opinion clarifies that the School Reform Office (SRO) is required to close schools in accordance to state law, unless closure would result in an unreasonable hardship because there are insufficient other public school options reasonably available. The opinion also clarifies that the SRO’s responsibility applies to both public schools in a community district and charter schools, if they have remained in the bottom 5% of schools.
The opinion was written in response to a request by Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) and Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter (R-Mount Pleasant).
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