DETROIT (AP) -- Groups interested in operating charters in Detroit Public Schools buildings will learn more about the process from district officials.
A bidders' conference is scheduled Thursday morning at Renaissance High School.
The district is offering 45 schools as possible charters as part of a plan to cut costs, raise revenue and improve education. Eighteen of the schools will close if charter operators aren't found.
The district says the schools consistently are low performing, have high operating costs, low enrollment or are good candidates for more autonomy. Bidders will get information on building walk-throughs, a timeline for the process and an overview on establishing charters.
Operators must demonstrate a 90 percent graduation in existing schools and minimum 75 percent student proficiency on state math and reading tests. Proposals are due May 2.