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Lawmakers OK more Michigan charter schools

Bill headed to Gov. Snyder's desk

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Legislature has approved a bill that will allow more charter schools in the state.

The Senate passed the measure by a 22-16 vote Thursday, sending it to Gov. Rick Snyder. The House approved the bill Wednesday night. Both chambers are controlled by Republicans.

The state now has 255 charter schools and new ones are allowed to open under certain circumstances. But the state currently has a limit of 150 charter schools authorized by public universities. The cap would be gradually lifted and end in 2015 under the legislation.

Supporters say more charters should be allowed to boost options in public education, especially for students in poorly performing school districts. Democrats say more charter schools won't help public education.