On Saturday Michigan passed an ambitious package of legislation to address eligibility and competitiveness for Race to the Top. The tough crowd at the Detroit News editorial board likes it. Tim Melton is among the heroes here but a lot of folks stepped up.
Among other provisions the legislation includes the most ambitious version of a “smart cap” for charter schools (pdf) in the country. California, Texas, and Ohio have some version of priority replication for high-performing charters, but Michigan took it much further. Detroit Democratic State Senator Buzz Thomas deserves the praise on that one.