- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration is exploring ways to link a change in governance of public education in Detroit with financial help for the city’s school district.

Advisers to the governor tell The Detroit News (https://bit.ly/1Ao8AKM ) a $75 million request for distressed school districts in Snyder’s 2016 budget plan could be used to help the Detroit school district pay a $56 million annual debt service bill.

The governor’s office and members of a Skillman Foundation-led coalition are studying options to better manage Detroit’s education system. Snyder’s strategy director John Walsh says: “we’re not talking about bankruptcy,” but “we have to find a method that will recognize that they can’t bear the weight.”

Walsh says the $75 million could be used to give Detroit and other urban school districts “financial relief.”

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Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/


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