Michigan School Chief to Lead Education Work Group

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan's public education chief will oversee a public work group aimed at developing ways to better integrate technology in state schools.

Superintendent Mike Flanagan told the Michigan School Business Officials on Wednesday that he's accepted Gov. Rick Snyder's invitation to head the group.

Snyder asked Flanagan to lead the effort after another work group to develop a lower cost education funding model drew criticism for its behind-the-door meetings.

The Detroit News says that the model's funding mechanism resembles school vouchers. Documents say the aim is to create a "value school" that costs $5,000 per child annually to operate.

Flanagan says in a statement that the new group won't discuss school vouchers. He says it will be open to the public and include members of the State Board of Education.

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