For First Time Ever, Fewer Michigan Charter Schools [Michigan Capitol Confidential]:
"...This year, however, is the first time since the first Michigan charter school opened in 1993-94 that the number of charter schools in Michigan went down.
School choice advocates attribute the reduction in part to the closure of 14 charters over the last three years for academic reasons.
The state of Michigan is unable to identify a non-charter public school that has ever been closed due to poor academic performance.
According to a state database, there were 302 charter schools operating in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.
There are currently 299 charter schools, according to the Michigan Association of Public School Academies.
...“The fact that it remains very difficult to get authorized in Michigan hasn’t changed because the legislative cap on the number of charters has been eliminated,” Naeyaert said..."