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      Schools chief: Work group should be disbanded

      Michigan's schools chief says a work group that's been meeting behind closed doors to develop a lower-cost model for K-12 public education should be disbanded.

      State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said that he's pulling a Department of Education employee off the group. Flanagan says "perception is a problem" and officials should start over while trying to "assure transparency."

      Reports are that the model has a funding mechanism that resembles school vouchers. Documents say the aim is to create a "value school" that costs $5,000 per child annually to operate.

      Republican Gov. Rick Snyder last week confirmed the existence of the group. Officials have argued it's a brainstorming group, not a public group.