Are there provisions for full-time virtual charter schools?
Michigan’s law does not include any of the model law’s provisions regarding full-time virtual charter schools. However, it includes other provisions concerning these schools.
The law allows a cyber school to serve up to 2,500 students in its first year of operation, not more than 5,000 students in its second year of operation, and not more than 10,000 students in its third and subsequent years of operation. However, the enrollment increases are not based on performance.
The law also provides that any entity applying for a school of excellence charter school that is a cyber school must demonstrate experience in delivering a quality question program that improves pupil academic achievement, with the authorizing body using the standards for quality online learning established by national associations.
The board of any charter school that offers online learning must submit a report to the state that details per-pupil costs, including those related to textbooks, computers, salaries, purchased courses, fees associated with oversight and regulation, travel costs associated with school activities and testing, facilities costs, and costs associated with special education. Monthly reports on the number of students enrolled are also required.