A reform package approved by Michigan's legislature includes sweeping changes to the state's education system, including provisions allowing modest growth of quality charter schools, raising the dropout age from 16 to 18 and allowing merit pay and alternative certification for teachers. While many say the reforms were needed -- and could help the state qualify for federal Race to the Top money -- issues remain regarding how to address ongoing funding needs and who should be given academic authority over Detroit's struggling schools.

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