Bill would allow state to dissolve financially-troubled school districts

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State officials could dissolve a deficit-ridden school district and send the students to nearby schools under legislation advancing quickly in Lansing.

Bills passed late Thursday along party lines in the Republican-led state House are designed specifically to apply to two struggling districts in the Detroit and Saginaw areas. But the measure also could have implications for other schools running deficits.

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

The legislation would let the state school superintendent and state treasurer jointly determine to dissolve a district with fewer than 2,500 students that is deemed not to be "financially viable." The Senate could take up the bill next week before the Legislature's summer break.

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