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Governor Signs Supplemental Funding for Detroit Public Schools

Apr 01, 2016

On Tuesday, Governor Rick Snyder signed a supplemental funding bill appropriating $48.7 million to Detroit Public Schools (DPS).  The additional funds will ensure DPS has enough money to remain open through the end of the current school year.  Without the additional appropriation, DPS only had enough funds to remain open for a couple of weeks.  […]

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Detroit Public School Appropriations Receives Legislative Approval

Mar 25, 2016

On Thursday the Senate passed and the House concurred in a bill appropriating $47.8 million of the state’s tobacco settlement funds to the Detroit Public Schools (DPS).  Without the appropriation, DPS would only have few weeks of funding available, after that time teachers and staff would not have been paid.  While the House passed version […]

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Senate Approves Detroit Public School Reform Package

Mar 25, 2016

This week, the Senate passed a bipartisan package of six bills that would make major reforms to the Detroit Public Schools (DPS).  Under the Senate passed package, DPS would exist only to levy taxes and retire current debt.  The plan would create a new Detroit Community District (DCD) to assume operations of the current school […]

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Detroit Mayor Announces Free College Program

Mar 25, 2016

This week, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced that begin today, every Detroit high school graduate will be guaranteed two years of tuition-free college education.  Under state law, an authority can create a promise zone in order to use a portion of a city’s state education taxes to provide two-years of college tuition to residents.  The […]

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House Approves Funding for Detroit Public Schools

Mar 18, 2016

This week, the House passed a two-bill package providing a $48.7 million appropriation for the Detroit Public Schools (DPS), using funds from the tobacco settlement money.  Without the supplemental, Judge Steven Rhodes, DPS’ transition manager, testified that the district wouldn’t have funding to pay teachers after April 8, 2016.  The appropriation was tie-barred to legislation […]

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Michigan’s Market Impact Report: Momentum from Detroit and Beyond

Mar 15, 2016

Media buzz surrounding Michigan’s resurgence are plentiful; however, they tend to only spotlight Detroit. While the city’s success is undoubtedly important to the state, and it has certainly earned it in recent years, there’s more to Michigan’s comeback than Detroit alone. Other areas of the state, such as Grand Rapids, Traverse City and Ann Arbor, […]

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Steven Rhodes Named DPS Transition Manager

Mar 04, 2016

On Monday, Governor Rick Snyder announced the appointment of retired Judge Steven Rhodes as the transition manager of Detroit Public Schools (DPS).  He will oversee the district’s finances and operations, and will work to name an interim superintendent to oversee academics.  While serving on the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Sixth District, Mr. Rhodes oversaw […]

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House Committee Hears Testimony on Detroit Schools Legislation

Feb 26, 2016

This week, the House Appropriations Committee held a hearing on a set of House bills seeking to make reforms to Detroit Public Schools (DPS).  The legislation would create a new district charged with education, while the DPS would exist only to pay off the current debt.  It also calls for the state to invest $72 […]

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