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Article: "Raw Data: What's happening to the achievement gap in Michigan?"

"Public high school students who took the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) in the spring had higher proficiency rates compared with their peers who took the test last year, according to data released by the state. Despite overall gains, the achievement gap between white students and black students continues to widen, as improvement among white students takes place at a faster rate."

Article: "4 Michigan districts get a zero for students' college readiness"

"While statewide scores edged up this year on the 2014 Michigan Merit Exam, some of Metro Detroit's poorest school districts remain mired in failure."

Article: "Michigan school chief promises to get tough with charter school authorizers"

"State school Superintendent Mike Flanagan announced Monday he is giving notice to Michigan’s charter school authorizers that he will exercise his 'statutory authority' to prevent them from granting new charters if their performance overseeing the schools does not measure up."

Article: "Michigan's assignment" Toughen charter laws"

"The role models are out there. All Michigan has to do is look around. At Massachusetts. Or Minnesota, Indiana, Texas, Washington, Arizona."

"Concerns over charter school performance persist as more open in state"

"Two decades into Michigan’s charter school experience, it’s clear that some schools excel academically, others don’t — and charters have not found the key to educating children in poverty."

"Free Press' charter school review triggers varied reactions"

"The tension between advocates of traditional and charter schools in Michigan has intensified. That’s because of recent stories in the Detroit Free Press which raise serious doubts about the operation and oversight of the state’s nearly 400 charter schools."

"Most Michigan charter companies don't follow financial disclosure law"

"Michigan’s charter schools offer the public scant information on how they spend taxpayer money."

"Article: Education Trust founder says Michigan 'on the right track' with preschool funding"

The Education Trust's founder, Kati Haycock, was in Michigan to speak at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference.  She gave a talk stating that while Michigan is on the right track with their investments in early childhood education - the state still has a long way to go to fill the acheivement gaps for low-income and minority students.

"Charter schools vary in academic achievement compared to traditional districts"

Parents choose charter schools over traditional schools for a myriad of reasons.  This article examines how charter schools measure up against traditional schools on the basis of test scores.