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Senate passes long term plan to save Detroit Public Schools

After a plea from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and community leaders, Michigan Senators passed a long term package to rescue Detroit's struggling public school system. (Courtesy: Nick Minock)

LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) --- After a plea from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and community leaders, Michigan Senators passed a long term package to rescue Detroit's struggling public school system.

The $715 million plan passed the Senate on Tuesday with bipartisan support.

The series of bills include a measure that will divide Detroit's public schools into two school districts.

A new school board would be elected in August and state appointees would oversee finances. Furthermore, students attending the new district could receive $200 million by the state for transition costs.

On Tuesday, Senators also passed a measure that puts a mechanism in place to pay off hundreds of millions of dollars in operating debt.

The long term package will go to the Michigan House for consideration.

By law, the House cannot take up a bill until five days after passage.

Therefore, the House is expected to take up the long term rescue plan when lawmakers return to Lansing after Easter break.

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