The state Senate has approved a plan for a financial bailout of the Detroit school system.
The bills would return control of the district to an elected school board, help pay off a crushing debt burden, and give an appointed board the power to close low-performing schools – including charter academies.
Michigan’s top education official says the state should help Detroit Public Schools (DPS) pay down its massive debt.
There could be a first vote tomorrow (Wed.) in the Legislature on an almost 200 (m) million dollar bailout for the city of Detroit. Mayor Mike Duggan was one of those who testified prior to the historic vote. Duggan says, overall, he supports the plan.
Governor Rick Snyder says he thinks there’s progress in negotiations with the Legislature to put 350 million dollars of state money toward Detroit’s bankruptcy settlement. Detroit’s emergency manager just spent two days in Lansing in an effort to build support for the deal.
That money from the state would help fund pensions and ensure the assets of the Detroit Institute of Arts don’t get put up or auction.
The governor says now he’s pushing for lawmakers to vote on a bailout package in May or early June.
“The goal is to get it done before there’s a recess for the summer.”
Snyder says the bargain has to include an end to legal challenges to the bankruptcy. He would also like an oversight panel to help manage the city’s finances post-bankruptcy. He says that should also help reassure reluctant legislators.