Last year, many media headlines were predicting trouble, like these from a Google search for “State of Michigan budget”:

"State Lawmakers Face $460M Budget Hole

“State of Michigan Faces $460M Deficit, Painful Cuts To Be Made"

“Officials Set To Trim State Budget $460M Over 2 Years.”

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Overall state revenue has increased for eight consecutive years, however.


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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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