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SB 710 - Amends the Detroit Public School System - Michigan Key Vote


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Legislation - Referred to Committee (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (21-16) - (Key vote)
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Title: Amends the Detroit Public School System

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends the Detroit Public School system.

  • Establishes 2 districts within the Detroit Public School system (Sec. 12B):
    • A community district funded by state appropriations; and
    • A qualifying district funded by local property taxes.
  • Establishes a 9 member school board for the community district (Sec. 384).
  • Authorizes the Financial Review Commission to possess oversight on the finances of the community district (Sec. 387).
  • Establishes a 5 year education commission appointed by the Chief Administrative Officer and comprised of the following members (Sec. 390):
    • 3 individuals, 1 being a parent, with ties to public schools;
    • 3 individuals, 1 being a parent, with ties to chartered schools; and
    • 1 individual, an expert in public school accountability.
  • Establishes a letter grading system to rate community district schools (Secs. 392, 393 & 394):
    • Schools with an “A-B” grade can replicate without education commission approval; and
    • Schools with an “F” grade are subject to potential closure if they receive failing grades for 3 years within a 5 year period. 
  • Specifies that this bill does not take effect until SB 711 is enacted into law (Sec. 2).


Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Amends the Detroit Public School System


  • Goeff Hansen (MI - R) (Out Of Office)
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