LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The debate over a plan to restructure Detroit’s ailing school district is officially underway in Michigan’s Legislature.
The Senate Government Operations Committee held the first hearing on Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan Thursday. More are expected throughout this month.
Snyder is proposing $715 million more in state funding over 10 years for the district, which he warns will start running out of money to pay bills this spring.
Students would attend school in a new district, while the old one would remain intact to retire operating debt.
The legislation doesn’t yet identify a funding source, though both Republicans and Democrats want to avoid impacting other school districts’ funding. They’re talking about using a portion of Michigan’s settlement with tobacco companies.