Michigan Charter Schools

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Detroit would get 15 new charter high schools under legislation narrowly approved by the state House.

The Senate voted against the bill, sending it to a House-Senate conference committee. Lawmakers are expected to consider it when they return on Aug. 13.

The legislation would let the Thompson-McCully Foundation invest $200 million to build 15 charter high schools in Detroit.

Michigan now has 189 charter schools, which don't charge tuition but receive state aid. They are intended to have more flexibility to design their own curriculum and teaching methods than traditional public schools.

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