From EAG News:
DETROIT – Michigan lawmakers approved a $617 million education package today that will prevent Detroit Public Schools from going into bankruptcy, create a new locally elected school board, and set up the framework to pull the chronically failing and broke district out of the ashes.
Democrats and union officials, however, don’t think it’s good enough.
“If you do this, you are systematically destroying” Detroit Public Schools, Highland Park Sen. Bert Johnson said shortly before his colleagues voted to approve the deal.
“Policies don’t work when they’re jammed down the throats of people,” he said, according to The Detroit News.
The Detroit Federation of Teachers promoted a MoveOn.org petition on its website Thursday that calls the DPS bailout “punitive, petty and dangerous for the people of Detroit,” and urges Gov. Rick Snyder to veto the measure, CNN reports.
“The fact that these bills target only Detroit with unpopular and untested education experiments and anti-union measures shows this is not about what’s best for the children of Detroit – it’s about how the Michigan House can exert power over the people of Detroit,” the statement read.
The bailout, which is expected to be signed by Snyder, passed both chambers of the Michigan legislature on party line votes, and provides a total of $617 million for Detroit schools – $467 million to help DPS pay off its debt and another $150 million to transition to a debt-free Detroit Community Schools, according to the News.
The old school district will continue to exist to…