Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to reveal a plan by the end of the week for revamping Detroit schools that will include splitting the district into an "old company" and "new company," similar to the way General Motors Corp. was divided during its bankruptcy.
The three-fold plan, which will be explained to Detroit stakeholders today, would first address Detroit Public Schools' persistent debt load, which includes $350 million of borrowing authorized under state emergency management, according to two sources in the Legislature and close to the governor. The old company — the existing DPS — would serve only to pay off the district's debt. It would do that by directing the 18 mills the district collects from a non-homestead tax to a fund that will steadily erase the debt load.
The new entity will focus solely on educating the 47,000 students who attend DPS. The structure will be similar to that in the Highland Park and Muskegon Heights school districts, which emergency managers converted to charter school districts as a way to separate the debt from the new districts.
But because charter schools can't levy millages under state law, the old school districts have to remain in place as an institution to collect taxes and transfer the revenue to debt payments.
Because of the political realities in Detroit, Snyder would most likely have to label the arrangement in Detroit something different than an all-charter district. Rather, he would likely call it a Local Education Agency, or LEA, that will maintain some form of the Detroit Public Schools name, but little of its institutional structure.
For the full article, see Ingrid Jacques, "Snyder's plan would split Detroit schools in two", Detroit News, April 21, 2015.
Chastity Pratt Dawsey, "Dreaming big: A walking trail spanning Michigan’s vast coastline" : Could Michigan’s coast tracing the Mitten and Upper Peninsula be the centerpiece of a Great Lakes walking trail? At more than 10,000 miles, a proposed Great Lakes trail would be the world’s longest.
Bridge Staff, "Bridge wins 12 awards from Society of Professional Journalists for state coverage" : Bridge Magazine reports on state education policy, consumer watchdog issues and Detroit’s emergence from bankruptcy among those cited for honors.
Phil Power, "A broken back, polio and the test of character" : A book recounting how FDR’s struggles with polio helped shape his worldview reminds the author of a turning point in his own life.
Forty different aircraft manufacturers gather in Detroit for a week where they displayed sixty-three different aircraft in the nation's first aircraft show.
Source : Michigan Historical Calendar, courtesy of the Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.
Highlights from the Detroit Free Press, April 21, 1912...
EIGHT SURVIVORS OF TITANIC HERE; SICK OF HORRORS: TWO WOMEN, NERVE-SHATTERED AND HYSTERICAL; THREE CHILDREN, ONE A BABY ONLY ONE YEAR OLD; THREE BELGIANS, STEERAGE PASSENGERS SEEKING NEW WORLD FORTUNES, ARRIVE IN DETROIT. TELL AGAIN GRIM STORY OF TRAGEDY AND SUBLIME HEROISM MRS. FRED QUICK AND MRS. JOHN HAMLIN RELATE HOW THEY WERE PLACED IN BOATS AS SHIP WAS SINKING; LATTER LAST WOMAN IN LAST LIFEBOAT SWUNG OVER SIDE; MEN SAY THEY SWAN TO SAFETY. TITANIC SURVIVORS IN DETROIT.
TITANIC PROBE WILL BE DRIVEN DEEPLY MONDAY: J. BRUCE ISMAY AND VICE PRESIDENT FRANKLIN, OF WHITE STAR LINE WILL BE QUESTIONED IN WASHINGTON. INQUIRY IN NEW YORK SHOWS ICEBERG WARNINGS IGNORED DETERMINED EFFORT WILL BE MADE IN SPITE OF ALL EVASIONS TO FIX RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SEA HORROR. DEVELOPMENTS.
WORLD WILL WEEP TODAY FOR VICTIMS: CHURCHES OF TWO CONTINENTS WILL HOLD MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR THE 1,635 LOST OF THE TITANIC DISASTER OF MONDAY.
TAKING RESCUED ON BOARD THE CARPATHIA AT SEA [PDF] Detroit Free Press
CROWD AWAITING TITANIC SURVIVORS ON THE CUNARD LINE PIER IN NEW YORK
"WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST"--THE CAPTAIN LAST: THIS IS THE TRADITION OF THE SEA AND THE RULE IS RECOGNIZED AND OBEYED BY MEN OF ALL CLASSES AND ALL NATIONS.
GLOWING TRIBUTE PAID TO C. L. FREER'S ART EXHIBIT: WASHINGTON CRITIC ENRAPTURED WITH DETROITER'S EXTENSIVE COLLECTION NOW ON VIEW IN NATIONAL MUSEUM AT WASHINGTON, WHERE IT IS ATTRACTING WORLD-WIDE ATTENTION.
CROWD ESTIMATED AT 26,000 PARTICIPATES IN DEDICATION OF NAVIN FIELD STADIUM; JUNGALEERS BEAT CLEVELAND IN 11 INNINGS: MULLIN'S GREAT WORK IN PINCHES ENABLES HIM TO STAVE OFF DEFEAT. HIS SINGLE SENDS WINNING RUN ACROSS AFTER BUSH AND STANAGE HAVE HIT SAFELY IN FINAL ROUND.
THORPE AND SHERIDAN WILL FIGURE IN OLYMPIC GAMES: UNITED STATES WILL LOOK TO THEM TO SCORE POINTS IN BIG EVENT IN SWEDEN--MANY OTHER STARS MAY TURN UP TO HELP THE TEAMS.
300 ARE DEAD, 50,000 HOMELESS IN FLOODS NEW ORLEANS REPORTS
CONDUCTOR'S NOSE BROKEN: PERE MARQUETTE PASSENGER TRAINS COLLIDE AT BAD AXE.
HORSELESS AGE NOT IMPROBABLE: GLEESON MURPHY, OF THE GENERAL MOTORS TRUCK CO., SAYS BEAST IS DOOMED.
POLITICS FAILS TO STOP PROSPERITY: PRESIDENTIAL YEAR NO COLD WATER DOUCHE TO THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY.
INCREASE WAGES DECREASE HOURS: HUPP MOTOR CAR CO. EMPLOYES GO ON 9-HOUR DAY AT 10-HOUR PAY.
MICHIGAN IN TURE AND STORY: LOTS OF SWEETNESS IS MANUFACTURED EACH YEAR IN THIS "SUGAR BUSH" NEAR MASON, LARGEST IN MICHIGAN ORCHARD COMPRISES 80 ACRES, WHERE 2,200 TREES EACH SPRING YIELD UP THEIR SAP. SOME HAVE BEEN TAPPED 70 YEARS FROM THEM THE INDIANS MADE SUGAR IN THE DAYS BEFORE THE WHITE MEN CAME.
PRETTIEST RESORT ALONG THE GRAND: THAT IS THE CLAIM EATON RAPIDS PEOPLE MAKE FOR THEIR RIVERSIDE PARK.
OLD AGE PENSIONS.: NOTED WRITER DOES NOT SEE ANY DANGER IN THE PROPOSITION.
SUFFRAGE AND THE HOME.: NO DANGER OF ILL EFFECTS ARE SEEN BY THIS ADVOCATE OF EQUAL FRANCHISE.
A LITTLE SAGE AND SULPHUR MAKES THE GRAY HAIR VANISH: A HARMLESS WAY TO DARKEN HAIR; SIMPLE REMEDY FOR ALL HAIR TROUBLES.
SURELY TAKE "SYRIP OF FIGS" IF HEADACHY, BILIOUS, CONSTIPATED: SWEETENS YOUR STOMACH, CLEARS YOUR HEAD AND THOROUGHLY CLEANSES YOUR LIVER AND 30 FEET OF BOWELS OF SOUR BILE, FOUL GASES AND CLOGGED-UP WASTE.
WHY A RING IS WORN ON FINGER: STRANGE CUSTOMS AND SUPERSTITIONS ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS ORNAMENT.
Note : The Main Library now provides the MSU community online access to the historical Detroit Free Press from 1858 through 1922.
Snyder Presidential Talk Intensifies
The possibility of Governor Rick Snyder running for president, a thought once totally dismissed as a nonstarter, is gaining increasing attention with Mr. Snyder forming a nonprofit fund to pay for his efforts to sell Michigan's comeback around the country and a spate of stories citing anonymous sources close to the governor saying he is considering a bid.
House Panel Taking Up Auto Insurance Bills This Week
The House Insurance Committee will begin taking testimony on auto insurance reform legislation that passed the Senate last week, the committee chair announced on Monday.
Nofs Offers Hints At Energy Legislation
Sen. Mike Nofs on Monday confirmed a few provisions of many more to come on his energy policy legislation that he expects will be officially introduced sometime in early May, including his parameters around electric choice and his decision to stick with the 10 percent cap on renewable energy.
Study: CON May Play Role In Keeping Health Care Cost Lower Than Other States
Health care costs in Michigan have increased at a lower rate than the national average, and less than in two neighboring states, and when comparing the increase in those two neighboring states - Indiana and Wisconsin - Michigan's controversial Certificate of Need process may play a role in keeping cost increases lower, a study shows.
Capitol To Open On Saturdays Starting In June
The Capitol Building will once again be open for Saturday tours beginning on June 6 after the Capitol Commission voted to revive a practice long ago discontinued.
Pavlov: Chang Bill Will Not See ‘Light Of Day' In Senate Committee
Sen. Phil Pavlov, chair of the Senate Education Committee, said in an open letter Monday that a bill requiring children being homeschooled to register with the state will not get a hearing in his committee.
Report Shows Potential Trade Loss With Deteriorating Roads
Projected deterioration of the state's roads and bridges could interfere with projected increases in trade, a report released Monday by TRIP said.
School Board Association Urging Mandatory Board Testing
Governor Rick Snyder proposed requiring training for all school board members in deficit districts as part of the turn-around efforts for those districts, but officials with the Michigan Association of School Boards said at a media roundtable Monday that districts might be able to avoid emergencies altogether if board members were trained already.
Gamrat Denies ‘Series' Of Incidents Led To Caucus Expulsion
Rep. Cindy Gamrat wrote in a Facebook post during the weekend she is not aware of a "series of incidents" that could have led her to be booted from the House Republican caucus by Speaker Kevin Cotter.
Ready Nation, a group of business leaders, called on the state to maintain its current education standards and testing program in a report released Monday. The group noted there are thousands of jobs in the state going unfilled because there are not sufficient candidates with the skills needed to fill them.
The Department of Education reported few problems, and none of any consequence, after the first full week of offering the state's new test. Schools have administered 674,347 test sessions representing 70 percent of fifth graders and 60 percent of eighth graders.
Source : Gongwer News Service : Michigan Report, Volume #54, Report 78, April 20, 2015. Full access requires a subscription or a visit to a subscribing library such as the Michigan State University Main Library. For assistance in accessing the database, stop by the MSU Library Reference Desk.
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