Gov. Snyder wants more transparency in spending by schools, but not charter companies

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGovernor Rick Snyder says he’s for more transparency in school spending, but he’s not ready to get behind applying those standards to private companies that run charter schools.

A Detroit Free Press series on charter schools found, among other things, that private management companies that run charters are not required to explain how they spend state payments.

Governor Snyder says he could support stricter disclosure requirements for all schools – not just charters – but not necessarily the private companies that run charter academies.

“Well I don’t know about it being a company, but in terms of what information that gets disclosed, that’s a fair question to ask what should be disclosed about that school,” said Snyder.

Traditional public schools are already required to respond to Freedom of Information requests from the public and the media.

The Free Press says many charter school operators use their status as private businesses to skirt disclosing how they spend money from taxpayers. Charter companies dispute much of what the Free Press is reporting.