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Tom Gantert, managing editor, previously worked at The Ann Arbor News, Lansing State Journal and Reporting Michigan and has more than two decades of experience covering news and politics in Michigan.

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Evan Carter, reporter, is a recent graduate of Hillsdale College. He has also worked for the Detroit News.

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Detroit Prep is a top-rated and economically and racially diverse charter school in the city. It's growth means it needs to move out from a church basement and into a new location. Nearby is a former Detroit Public Schools building, sitting empty for years. But, worried about competition, the public school district refused to sell. For years, district and local government officials in Detroit had worked to block public charter schools. They pushed legislation at the Michigan Capitol to hinder them, refused to sell to them, transferred surplus buildings from the district to the city government and imposed deed restrictions on property sales to private developers. All of it was aimed to hinder or even prevent charter school choice outside the confines of the Detroit school district.

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