"According to the newspaper, Michigan spends $1 billion on charter schools each year but lacks adequate oversight.
"This three-year investigation is an important piece of journalism as it raises important questions about charter schools, which have autonomy over public dollars. While the report is quick to point out not all charter schools are bad, what it tries to drive home is the fact that the ones that aren't good are not being shut down due to Michigan's lax charter laws.
"According to the report, "Michigan law provides no statewide standards for how the boards of school districts, community colleges and public universities that authorize charter schools should monitor a charter’s performance, or when a charter should be revoked. Michigan has 40 authorizers — from rural districts with one charter to Central Michigan University with 64 — and, as a result, standards and oversight are inconsistent."