Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 3, 2013

Snyder signs law letting K-12 districts be closed

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation letting the state dissolve deficit-ridden school districts and send the students to nearby schools.

The bills signed Tuesday are intended to address two struggling districts in the Detroit and Saginaw areas but could affect more districts in the future.

The Inkster and Buena Vista districts face the prospect of not having enough money to open for classes in September.

The law lets the state school superintendent and state treasurer dissolve a district with 300 to 2,400 students under certain circumstances.

Snyder attributes problems facing struggling districts to dropping enrollment and mismanagement. He's forming a workgroup to recommend ways to detect financial problems in districts earlier.

Snyder also plans to name a team to review the Pontiac school district's finances in the next day.