- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - The Latest on negotiations over restructuring Detroit’s school district (all times local):

9 p.m.

The Michigan House has scheduled votes Thursday on a $617 million state bailout and restructuring of Detroit’s ailing school district, a proposed compromise agreement being circulated to majority Republicans for review.

The bills, which were still being drafted late Wednesday, would retire the state-managed Detroit Public Schools’ enormous $467 million operating debt over time and provide $150 million to transition to a new district in July, according to a summary of the proposal obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. The outline was distributed to lawmakers and education lobbyists, and an agenda sent to reporters showed the items on Thursday’s schedule.

The House and Senate have passed different restructuring plans and are trying to resolve their differences before a summer adjournment.

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley says all sides are coming closer to an agreement on how much money is needed, but “there are still a lot of moving pieces.”


10:35 a.m.

Advocates at a major policy meeting are sparring over new oversight of Detroit charter schools as part of a multi-million state bailout of the city’s ailing K-12 district.

The proposed Detroit Education Commission, which would oversee the opening and closing of schools, dominated an opening debate at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual conference on Mackinac Island Wednesday. The panel is a major sticking point as Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers consider addressing the district’s enormous debt.

Republican businessman John Rakolta says he has “divorced” himself from a leadership role in the GOP because of its unflinching support for publicly funded charters - some of which are performing poorly.

But Dan Quisenberry of the Michigan Association of Public Schools Academies opposes more governance, saying Detroit schools and “city politics” shouldn’t mix.

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