Governor Rick Snyder says the state will wait until May at the earliest to close any of the state’s lowest-performing schools.
In a written statement, Governor Snyder acknowledged many families are anxious about the fate of the schools their children attend, but he says fixing struggling schools will take time and he wants to make sure the right plan is in place.
The governor says the state Department of Education and the School Reform Office will work together to develop a strategy. There are 38 schools on the state’s worst-performing list – most in the city of Detroit. The Kalamazoo and Saginaw school districts have also filed a lawsuit challenging the school closure law. The governor says even if no schools are closed in the end, there has to be some type of state intervention to ensure kids are getting an education.