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49% Of Charter School Kids Black; State Civil Rights Commission Says Fund Them At 75%

Almost half of the 147,339 children attending Michigan charter schools in 2019-20 were black, a much higher proportion than in traditional public schools.

That’s according to research done by the Grand Valley State University Charter Schools Office, which found 49.5% of charter school students are black. That compares to 14.1% in Michigan's conventional public school districts.

In 2020, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission compiled a report that recommended giving Michigan public charter schools — which enroll the highest proportion of black children — just 75% of the funding of the conventional schools whose enrollment includes a far smaller proportion of blacks.

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