Michigan’s population saw a net increase of 28,866 from July 2016 to July 2017, according to U.S. Census estimates. There are 9,962,311 people living in Michigan as of July. There’s 86,112 more people living in Michigan than in 2011, a 0.9 percent increase. However, the state is still below the peak population level it touched in 2004, which was 10,055,315 residents.

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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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