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It's almost too obvious to say 2017 was a busy year in journalism. From the Women's March to rapidly changing immigration policies to environmental controversies, it felt like major news was breaking every day. To help sort through the chaos, Michigan Radio rounded up our most important stories from throughout the year.

Year in Review: Our best education stories from 2017

Children in a classroom
Mercedes Mejia
Michigan Radio
More than 70% of charter school leaders surveyed expect to leave their schools in five years, according to a study by the Center on Reinventing Public Education.

Problems within Michigan’s education system aren’t new. And many factors, including changes in funding and the expansion of charter schools, continue to influence the success of the state's schools.

In 2017, Michigan Radio continued to report on how those changes affect Michigan’s students:

Better together: How school diversity makes a difference

In this special, we learn how Michigan got to a point where its schools are highly segregated. And, we explore the benefits that come with less segregated, more diverse schools.

We Live Here: The broken promise of school choice in Detroit

A look at how Detroit ended up with so many closed schools and emptied-out neighborhoods

A look at teacher pay in Michigan

Reporter Jennifer Guerra takes a deep dive into how we pay teachers in Michigan, and what it means for teacher retention and teacher performance in the state.

UN/DIVIDED: The growing pains of annexation in Albion and Marshall

In 2016, Albion residents voted to annex their struggling public schools to Marshall. Reporter April Van Buren looked at the impact the annexation has had on students, families, and the community.

Emma is a communications specialist with the digital team at Michigan Radio. She works across all departments at Michigan Radio, with a hand in everything from digital marketing and fundraising to graphic design and website maintenance. She also produces the station's daily newsletter, The Michigan Radio Beat.