Snyder signs $617 million Detroit schools bailout

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Gov. Rick Snyder (WJBK)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s governor has signed a $617 million bailout and restructuring plan for Detroit’s school district.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed the legislation Tuesday. It comes two years after he shepherded a package of bills through the Legislature to help end the city’s bankruptcy.

The financially strained Detroit Public Schools has been managed by the state for seven years. During that time, the district has continued to face plummeting enrollment, deficits and recent teacher sick-outs. The district now has roughly 46,000 students.

Under the laws, the district will be split on July 1 and control of the new district will be returned to a school board to be elected in November. A commission of state appointees will oversee that district’s finances, similar to how it now reviews the city’s budgeting.

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4 comments

  • Patricia Murphy

    Why? How many decades do the tax payers in Michigan have to keep bailing out Detroit? We have paid taxes and paid taxes and a whole heck of a lot of them have been sucked up by dishonesty in the Detroit area…and yet our governing body seem determines to keep shoveling the dollars into that septic tank. Why?

  • NO PC FOR ME

    Detroit has been under democrat control for 80 years.
    The entire state suffers because it would be raaaaacist if we allowed the Dems to keep milking Detroit.