Charter school plans canceled after WXYZ report

Posted at 5:45 PM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-20 17:45:44-04

We have a follow up to a story you saw first on 7 Action News.

This week we exposed the questionable and criminal backgrounds of people trying to open a school with your tax dollars. All they needed was approval from Saginaw Valley State University, which is a charter school authorizer in Michigan.

"Leaders of Saginaw Valley State University’s School-University Partnership Office spoke with leaders of Victory Academy of Science and Technology (VAST Academy), a proposed charter school, late Thursday night. As a result of that conversation, VAST leaders have formally withdrawn their application seeking to have SVSU authorize the school. SVSU will not be authorizing VAST Academy,” said a statement released by J.J. Boehm, Director of Media and Community Relations at Saginaw Valley State University.

Ferndale Schools Superintendent Blake Prewitt brought the situation to our attention. He says an SVSU vote on whether to authorize the school was delayed after he shared background information on the applicant and team trying to open the school.

You can read more about that in this story from earlier this week. 

The charter school was attempting to open in Prewitt's school district.  He Saginaw Valley State University needs to change its current policy and do background checks on charter applicants and their team before it considers authorizing them.