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Tamika Harrison bounced from school to school growing up in the Detroit Public Schools. The experience contributed to her dropping out and later getting her GED. She is now turning to charter schools to spare her son the same experience.

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For the Record

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MLive says the state needs to raise taxes for the roads and Michigan can't cut its way to prosperity. Except the state budget has increased by $3.9 billion since 2010-11. Where's the cutting? … more
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