- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is embracing parts of two plans to overhaul the city’s school district while proposing a compromise involving how it’s governed.

Duggan outlined his ideas Wednesday at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference.

He agrees with Gov. Rick Snyder’s call to divide the debt- and deficit-ridden district in two so the state can pay off debt. He agrees with a coalition’s proposal under which the mayor would appoint a commission to open and close schools.

Duggan suggests quickly moving from state control to an elected school board, but having it report to a financial review board similar to what exists after the city’s emergence from bankruptcy.

Republican lawmakers have resisted committing to retiring debt, but Snyder and Duggan say the state ultimately is responsible for it.

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