Michigan is a pretty good place to be a K-12 teacher, according to the website GoodCall. It ranked the best cities in the U.S. to teach in terms of job availability, pay, how the area values education and its livability.

The city of Troy was ranked fifth nationally, making it the highest-ranked city in Michigan. Southfield was sixth. Michigan had 10 cities place in the top 100.

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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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