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      Alternative education funding under fire

      Legislation under consideration in Lansing could change the way alternative education programs in Michigan schools are funded.

      The Detroit News reports Monday that legislation passed by the state House earlier this month could change the formula for paying school districts with alternative education programs. The legislation would base payments on monthly attendance, rather than the current model of paying most at one point.

      A bill is pending in the state Senate.

      The legislation comes as alternative education programs come under scrutiny for graduation rates. The newspaper reports that its analysis of graduation statistics shows more drop out of the programs than get diplomas. It also says most of the schools have lower graduation rates than the statewide rate of roughly 74 percent.