February 1, 2017, Introduced by Senators WARREN, HERTEL, HOPGOOD and GREGORY and referred to the Committee on Government Operations.
A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the state
constitution of 1963, by amending section 2 of article VIII, to
prohibit public schools from being operated on a for-profit basis
or by a for-profit entity.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
state of Michigan, That the following amendment to the state
constitution of 1963, to prohibit public schools from being
operated on a for-profit basis or by a for-profit entity, is
proposed, agreed to, and submitted to the people of the state:
Sec. 2. The legislature shall maintain and support a system of
free public elementary and secondary schools as defined by law.
Every school district shall provide for the education of its pupils
without discrimination as to religion, creed, race, color or
national origin. A public school shall not be operated on a for-
profit basis by its governing body. The governing body of a public
school shall not contract with any organization or entity to
provide comprehensive educational, administrative, management, or
instructional services or staff for the public school unless that
organization or entity is operated on a nonprofit basis.
No public monies or property shall be appropriated or paid or
any public credit utilized, by the legislature or any other
political subdivision or agency of the state directly or indirectly
to aid or maintain any private, denominational or other nonpublic,
pre-elementary, elementary, or secondary school. No payment,
credit, tax benefit, exemption or deductions, tuition voucher,
subsidy, grant or loan of public monies or property shall be
provided, directly or indirectly, to support the attendance of any
student or the employment of any person at any such nonpublic
school or at any location or institution where instruction is
offered in whole or in part to such nonpublic school students. The
legislature may provide for the transportation of students to and
from any school.
Resolved further, That the foregoing amendment shall be
submitted to the people of the state at the next general election
in the manner provided by law.