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 Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder first proposed the restructuring.

The main bill unveiled Thursday would launch a new district, but the question of using more than $700 million in state funds to pay off operating debt for the old district and to transition to a new 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 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.

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This story has been corrected to remove reference to a proposed $250 million because the bill does not include that proposed amount.

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