Michigan Senate targets key vote on aid for Detroit schools

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Leaders of the Michigan Senate are hoping to hold a vote on a $700 million-plus plan to divide Detroit’s ailing school district in two and launch a new district with better schools.

A spokeswoman for Senate Republicans says an agreement has been reached among negotiators. But now it depends on whether enough senators will support legislation in a floor vote targeted for Tuesday.

It’s the last week before legislators take a spring break. Gov. Rick Snyder first called for a rescue package for the Detroit Public Schools nearly a year ago, and the House last week approved a $50 million stopgap measure to pay teachers the rest of this academic year.

The Senate plan would allocate roughly $500 million to address debt and $200 million to start a new district.

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