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(Ravitch's scheduled appearance in Kalamazoo has been postponed - see below.)  

Diane Ravitch was a supporter of charter schools when she worked in the Education Department of the George H.W. Bush administration. But she says evidence convinced her that education choice is “just moving kids around” and doesn’t address the needs of children.

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(MPRN-Lansing) Governor Rick Snyder can expect a controversial bill on his desk soon. Lawmakers passed legislation to send more money to charter schools Tuesday. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) The state House narrowly passed a charter school bill Thursday. It would let charter schools qualify for countywide tax millage dollars. 

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Western Michigan University Political Science Professor Gary Miron says traditionally the Secretary of Education is not seen as a powerful position, but he says so far the Trump administration, has shown that “we should expect the unexpected.”

"KALAMAZOO, MI -- While enrollment is largely flat this fall among Kalamazoo-area school districts, the student counts at charter schools serving the general population are down 14 percent compared to fall 2014, according to figures supplied this week by local school officials." (Kalamazoo Gazette)