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Charter school expansion up for possible vote

By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network

LANSING, MI – The state House could vote this week on some controversial changes to K-12 education. The measures are part of a package that would allow more charter schools and more online schools.

State Representative Tom McMillin chairs the House Education Committee. He says it's important for lawmakers to approve the changes before they leave for a winter break.

"I want to unchain as many kids as I can from failing schools," McMillin says. "And the sooner we put in place how that can be done, the more that people who are interested in filling that need that desperate need, will be able to start planning and putting it in process so they don't lose a year, you know so they can do it quicker."

Those who oppose the proposals say charter schools and cyber schools should be required to perform well in order to operate in Michigan. They say traditional public schools have a better overall track record than charter schools.

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