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Plan unveiled to overhaul school system in Detroit

from The New York Times

Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan unveiled a proposal to overhaul the failing Detroit public school system by creating two districts — one to manage paying off billions of dollars in debt, the other to oversee the day-to-day operations of the schools. The plan from Snyder, a Republican, was met with opposition even before it was officially announced: Hundreds of Detroit teachers called in sick to attend a protest at the State Capitol in Lansing. Their absence shut 18 public schools for the day. Teachers argued that Snyder's plan would not improve outcomes for Detroit children and that it was just a step toward turning the district into an all-charter district. more


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