UPDATE: State lists worst schools; no Detroit closures until 2019

UPDATE (3:25 p.m.) – Republican House of Representatives Speaker Kevin Cotter is taking Governor Snyder to task over the decision to not close Detroit schools until 2019.

Cotter said Snyder’s decision is deeply troubling and wrong.

He went on to say that “the School Reform Office is not prohibited from closing the worst-of-the-worst Detroit schools; the SRO is required by law to do so.”

Cotter adds that “it cannot be said with a straight face that the Legislature intended for the worst-of-the-worst schools in Detroit to remain open.”

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Many of the schools on Michigan’s newest bottom 5 percent list are in Detroit and will not be closed by the state until 2019 at the earliest because of how the laws enacting a financial bailout of the district were written.

Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration on Thursday made public the lowest-performing schools across the state. Fifty-eight of the 116 open schools are in Detroit’s district or will be folded back into the district when a state-created turnaround entity dissolves next year.

Two schools, Gardner Middle School and Attwood School, in the Lansing Public School District are on the list.

A Snyder spokeswoman says the state will not force the closure of Detroit schools for at least three years because of the legislation that created a new debt-free district.

Also Thursday, Michigan’s School Reform Office released seven schools from “priority” status after students improved their test results.

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