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EDUCATOR: Former basketball player Jalen Rose has opened an academy in his native Michigan

FORMER NBA player Jalen Rose has opened a school in a bid to improve the education system in Michigan, it has been reported.

Rose's motivation to open the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA), which is said to have opened in September 2011, was due to the stagnant economy in his native Michigan, which he believed was affecting students’ ability to succeed in high school and attend college.

"I wanted to create more quality performing schools than the public schools offered in Detroit," Rose said.

He continued: "I'm fortunate that basketball has placed me in a good position to help give kids the education that they need."

The JRLA reportedly has a longer school year than neighbouring schools, with 211 days instead of 176, and a longer school day which runs from 7:30 to 4:00.

According to a recent study by the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University, 31.9 percent of Detroit's public high school students graduate in four years. In addition, only 12 percent of adults have a bachelor's degree or higher.