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Rise & Shine: State education leaders fear federal violations, and potential penalties, with A-F law

Good morning! The latest question surrounding the controversial A-F letter grade legislation approved last month is whether it could cost the state federal funding.

That’s the fear of Michigan education department leaders, who are concerned that the new mandate violates federal law. The feds don’t often yank federal money from schools or states, but there is precedent.

Read my story here, and stay tuned for updates. The education department leaders are meeting with the Michigan Attorney General’s office next week.

And read on for more education news.

— Lori Higgins, senior reporter

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