Bills to restructure Detroit K-12 district finally proposed

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Legislation to overhaul Detroit’s troubled school district by splitting it has finally been introduced, more than eight months after Gov. Rick Snyder first proposed the restructuring.

The main bill unveiled Thursday includes $250 million to launch a new district, but the question of paying off $500 million in operating debt for the old district remains unsettled. Lawmakers have balked, especially if it means using money that other K-12 districts would receive.

The legislation does not include Snyder’s proposal to create a commission that could close or reconfigure low-performing schools, including independent charters.

The new district would initially be overseen by a board of five gubernatorial appointees and four mayoral appointees until voters elect a board in November. But a commission now overseeing the city post-bankruptcy would hire the superintendent.

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