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Bay Mills Indian Community of the Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians, Michigan

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Rep. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland withdrew a measure to amend the state's school aid budget to allow Bay Mills Community College to open two charter schools in different parts of the state, saying the budget is unconstitutional. He said it is unneeded because the budget illegally prevents the college from going ahead with charter schools in Pontiac and near Bay City. Community colleges can authorize charter schools, but are limited to operating them with in their jurisdictions. The college in Brimley serves American Indians across the state as a tribal college. Some say it should be exempt from the restrictions on other community colleges. Charter schools are run with public money but have more independence in curriculum and administration than other public schools. House members who wrote the school aid budget revised it to prevent the tribe from opening charter schools in Pontiac and Essexville this fall for about 450 students each. Charter school opponents have said Bay Mills is sidestepping the law. Kuipers had proposed an amendment to allow Bay Mills' charter schools to open on time. The measure now goes to the Senate