Snyder plan to fix Detroit schools slow to gain steam

Dec 29, 2015 by

GOP Legislature has not picked up bid for pricey state bailout

— Detroit needs more than a revitalized downtown with new office workers to spur its rebirth following the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history. It needs to upgrade a public school system that’s considered the worst of its size in the nation. Michigan Gov. ’s Republican governor Rick Snyder is proposing another pricey state bailout and a sweeping reorganization that could lead to closing independent, publicly funded charter schools, where an increasing number of city students are enrolled. The posture is at odds with Republicans’ unflinching commitment to the school-choice movement, and the plan’s implementation will require convincing bailout-fatigued lawmakers to send $715 million more to Detroit.

“Education is one of those elements to continue the comeback that’s critically important. The sooner we do it the better,” Snyder told The Associated Press in a recent interview. “I want to help these kids as fast as we can.”

The success of Snyder’s unique school-repair method could set the course for whether Detroit moves beyond its failed past. But, so far, he has failed to build consensus around his plan, which he hoped to sign into law before 2016 but hasn’t even been introduced in the GOP-controlled Legislature.

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