DATABASE: How 'school choice' has changed Michigan districts

More than 300,000 students across Michigan attend class in a district or charter other than the district where they live. As minorities move into some districts, other students use the state schools-of-choice law to move to less-diverse districts.

Families say they use "choice" to move their kids to higher-performing, or safer, schools. Consciously or not, however, this law has left many districts more racially segregated.

How to use this database

Type in any portion of a district's name to get a snapshot of its student population. To get more information, click on the "Out" and "In" boxes, which show how many students are coming into a district via choice or leaving. Follow the prompts to compare districts' racial makeup.

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Mon, 12/18/2017 - 4:50pm

It's pretty easy to make it about race when the numbers fit, however you can't call it white flight in a district like Richmond where parents send their children to higher performing schools like armada and l'anse cruese. Most parents, white black and everything in between, are moving their children because we all want the best education and not based on the color of other students. This article hush's the real political, economical, and cultural problems and blames all the problems in our schools on racism.