Buena Vista School District http://michiganradio.org en Saginaw school leaders may vote on deficit elimination plan tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/saginaw-school-leaders-may-vote-deficit-elimination-plan-tonight <p>The Saginaw school board is expected to vote tonight on a deficit elimination plan.</p><p></p><p>The plan calls for major changes to the district, which is facing a multimillion dollar deficit.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state education department is threatening to withhold the district’s February state aid payment unless a new deficit elimination plan is submitted by Monday.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:19:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 16311 at http://michiganradio.org Saginaw school leaders may vote on deficit elimination plan tonight School bells ring in new places for many Michigan students http://michiganradio.org/post/school-bells-ring-new-places-many-michigan-students <p>It’s the first day for school for tens of thousands of Michigan students.</p><p></p><p>The drumbeat of a new school year literally began bright and early this morning in Marshall, as hundreds of students packed the school’s gymnasium.</p><p></p><p>Among them were about 140 students from Albion.&nbsp;&nbsp; Albion school officials decided to close that district’s high school last spring to save money.</p><p></p><p>Dan Luciani is Marshall’s high school principal.&nbsp; He says the transition has been going well today despite some crowded classrooms.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 15:13:59 +0000 Steve Carmody 14237 at http://michiganradio.org School bells ring in new places for many Michigan students New School Year - New School District http://michiganradio.org/post/new-school-year-new-school-district <div align="left"><p>Tomorrow marks the beginning of the school year for tens of thousands of Michigan school children.</p><p></p><p>For many kids, the year is starting in a different school district then they attended last year.</p><p></p><p>About a thousand Inkster children will be attending classes this fall in four different Wayne County school districts. The state dissolved the Inkster public school district over the summer because of the district’s chronic financial problems.</p><p></p> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 19:05:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14228 at http://michiganradio.org New School Year - New School District In this morning's news: Buena Vista dissolved, preservation of Willow Run, Detroit streetcar line http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-buena-vista-dissolved-preservation-willow-run-detroit-streetcar-line <p><strong>Buena Vista school district has been dissolved</strong></p><p>The Saginaw Intermediate School District board voted to close the Buena Vista School District yesterday. The nearly 400 students will be split up it among the Saginaw, Bridgeport-Spaulding and Frankenmuth districts. <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2013/07/buena_vista_school_district_di.html#incart_river_default">According to MLive</a>,&nbsp; 261 students attend the part of the Buena Vista district that the Saginaw schools are absorbing and 135 the Bridgeport-Spaulding schools' section; there are no students in the rural area that Frankenmuth is taking.</p><p><strong>Willow Run could still be saved</strong></p><p>The deadline to present funds for the preservation of a portion of the former Willow Run bomber plant was originally tomorrow, August 1. However, the trust set up to oversee properties owned by a pre-bankruptcy General Motors announced yesterday that it's extending the deadline until October 1, the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130731/BUSINESS06/307310029/Willow-Run-bomber-plant-Yankee-Air-Museum-General-Motors-bankruptcy">Detroit Free Press reports</a>. The <a href="http://savethebomberplant.org/">Save the Bomber Plant</a> campaign has raised $4.5 million toward the $8 million cost of preserving 175,000 square feet of the plant and turning it in to the new home of the Yankee Air Museum.</p><p><strong>Detroit streetcar line has chosen construction manager</strong></p><p>Developers of a $140 million streetcar line planned for a 3.3-mile course through the heart of Detroit have selected Stacy and Witbeck Inc. to serve as construction manager and general contractor,<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130730/METRO05/307300122/Construction-firm-Stacy-Witbeck-lead-Detroit-s-M-1-Woodward-streetcar-project"> according to the Detroit News</a>. Groundbreaking on the project could take place in the fall. The streetcar line is scheduled to start running in late 2015. Officials have said they don't believe that Detroit's bankruptcy case will affect the privately managed streetcar line.<br> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:04:27 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13765 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Buena Vista dissolved, preservation of Willow Run, Detroit streetcar line Districts surrounding dissolved Inkster, Buena Vista, prepare for influx of students http://michiganradio.org/post/districts-surrounding-dissolved-inkster-buena-vista-prepare-influx-students <p><em>Updated, 9:40 p.m.&nbsp; The Board of the Saginaw Intermediate School District has voted to dissolve Buena Vista Public Schools, and redraw nearby district boundaries to absorb its students.&nbsp; Students will be accepted by the Frankenmuth, Saginaw and Bridgeport-Spaulding districts.&nbsp;</em></p><p>Inkster Public Schools no longer exists - and Buena Vista School District will soon join its fate.</p><p>A state law aimed at swiftly addressing the two districts' financial problems required their immediate&nbsp;dissolution.</p><p>Wayne County RESA Superintendent Chris Wygant says he disagrees with the state legislature's decision to draft the law in such a way that it included Inkster.&nbsp; He says an emergency manager appointment would have sufficed.</p><p>"But now we're trying to shift our thinking from all that adult stuff into what's really best for these children."</p><p>Wygant's agency dissolved&nbsp;the Inkster&nbsp;district last week, and redrew the boundaries of surrounding districts in order to absorb&nbsp;its roughly 1700 students, who will attend either Westwood, Wayne-Westland,&nbsp; Romulus or Taylor school districts.</p><p>The Saginaw Intermediate School District will vote to eliminate the Buena Vista School District on Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>"Transportation is a major issue, as we try to equalize as best we can," says Saginaw ISD Superintendent Richard Syrek.&nbsp;</p><p>He says two of the biggest districts that will likely absorb many of Buena Vista's students are a long bus ride away.</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:48:45 +0000 Tracy Samilton 13760 at http://michiganradio.org Districts surrounding dissolved Inkster, Buena Vista, prepare for influx of students Another Michigan school district will be dissolved this week http://michiganradio.org/post/another-michigan-school-district-will-be-dissolved-week <p>Buena Vista schools will become the second district to be permanently dissolved under a new state law this week.</p><p></p><p>After Buena Vista shut down without warning in May, state legislators decided they needed an additional tool to deal with fiscal emergencies besides the emergency manager law.</p><p></p><p>The new law requires financially troubled districts to prove they have enough money to make it through an entire school year. If not, they can be dissolved. That happened to Inkster's school district last week.</p><p></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 08:24:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 13726 at http://michiganradio.org Another Michigan school district will be dissolved this week This week in Michigan politics: Detroit's bankruptcy case, Judge Steven Rhodes, dissolving schools http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-detroits-bankruptcy-case-judge-steven-rhodes-dissolving-schools <p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss the legality of <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/city-detroit-files-federal-bankruptcy-protection">Detroit's filing for bankruptcy</a>, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/what-can-we-expect-judge-steven-rhodes">Judge Steven Rhodes</a> and the first federal bankruptcy hearing today, and the fate of <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/buena-vista-inkster-school-districts-be-dissolved">Buena Vista and Inkster school districts</a>.</p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:37:11 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Emily Fox & Michigan Radio Newsroom 13665 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Detroit's bankruptcy case, Judge Steven Rhodes, dissolving schools In this morning's news: Dissolving school districts, pipeline protests, and Detroit pension cuts http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-dissolving-school-districts-pipeline-protests-and-detroit-pension-cuts <p><strong>Buena Vista and Inkster school districts</strong> <strong>to be dissolved</strong></p><p>The state is moving ahead to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/buena-vista-inkster-school-districts-be-dissolved">dissolve the Inkster and Buena Vista school districts</a>. Both districts failed to meet a deadline yesterday to prove they could keep their doors open next school year. Now state officials say it could be a matter of days before the districts are dissolved, Michigan Public Radio's Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Protesters arrested at pipeline worksite</strong></p><p>Enbridge energy is building a 285 mile pipeline across Michigan that will carry tar sands oil. The pipeline will replace the one that ruptured three years ago. Yesterday, protesters chained themselves to heavy equipment at a worksite southeast of Lansing. They say the new pipeline will present an environmental threat. Twelve people were arrested at a protest yesterday, Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody reports.</p><p><strong>Will Detroit retirees see pension cuts?</strong></p><p>A federal bankruptcy court will now be the scene for some huge decisions about the future of Detroit which filed for Chapter Nine protection last week. One of the key issues is whether retirees will see their benefits cut. Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett has <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-retirees-wonder-how-bankruptcy-will-affect-benefits">more</a>.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:27:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13641 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Dissolving school districts, pipeline protests, and Detroit pension cuts Buena Vista, Inkster school districts to be dissolved http://michiganradio.org/post/buena-vista-inkster-school-districts-be-dissolved <p>The Buena Vista and Inkster Public School districts will be dissolved. Both districts missed a <span class="aBn" tabIndex="0" data-term="goog_811184141"><span class="aQJ">5pm </span></span>deadline today to prove they had enough money to keep doors open next school year.</p><p>Richard Syrek is superintendent of the Saginaw Intermediate School District, which will be responsible for dissolving Buena Vista schools. He says the ISD plans to hold a community meeting<span class="aBn" tabIndex="0" data-term="goog_811184142"><span class="aQJ"> Wednesday</span></span> evening.<br><br>“So they can give us some idea of where they would like to go to school next year. Because we have a short period of time at this time to make a decision on what the boundaries are going to be. So we’d like their input.”</p><p>Syrek says a number of surrounding school districts say they can accommodate students from Buena Vista in the fall.</p><p>Officials with Inkster Public Schools said Comerica Bank was willing to extend a loan to the district. But they say it fell through because state officials would not approve Inkster’s deficit elimination plan first.</p><div class="yj6qo ajU"><div id=":1bv" class="ajR" role="button" tabIndex="0" data-tooltip="Show trimmed content"><img class="ajT" src="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif"></div><div class="ajR" role="button" tabIndex="0" data-tooltip="Show trimmed content"> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:44:53 +0000 Jake Neher 13636 at http://michiganradio.org Buena Vista, Inkster school districts to be dissolved In this morning's news: Detroit bankruptcy, Michigan tuition policy, school district finances http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-detroit-bankruptcy-michigan-tuition-policy-school-district-finances <p><strong>Detroit files for bankruptcy</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder has approved Detroit’s <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/city-detroit-files-federal-bankruptcy-protection">bankruptcy filing</a>.&nbsp; It is now the largest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S. History.&nbsp; Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports that “the governor says bankruptcy will ultimately offer creditors some assurances on how much they will be paid. A federal judge still has to approve the request.”</p><p><strong>University of Michigan grants in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants</strong></p><p>Yesterday, the University of Michigan Board of Regents approved the provision of in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-approves-state-tuition-undocumented-students-us-military-veterans">reports</a> that “undocumented students will have to show they attended middle school and high school in Michigan to get the lower tuition rate.”&nbsp; This comes after two years of lobbying from activists and undocumented students.</p><p><strong>Last chance for Inkster and Buena Vista school districts</strong></p><p>The Inkster and Buena Vista school districts have until Monday evening to prove that they can finance the 2013-2014 school year.&nbsp; If funds cannot be found, the districts will then be closed.&nbsp; Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports that “if Inkster and Buena Vista are shut down, their students would go to other schools in the intermediate school district.” Fri, 19 Jul 2013 11:53:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13608 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Detroit bankruptcy, Michigan tuition policy, school district finances Buena Vista and Inkster schools have until Monday to avoid closure http://michiganradio.org/post/buena-vista-and-inkster-schools-have-until-monday-avoid-closure <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">The financially troubled Michigan school districts of </span>Inkster<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"> and Buena Vista have until 5 p.m. Monday, July 22 to prove they have the money to run their school districts and that they have plans to eliminate their deficits.</span></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:19:33 +0000 Mark Brush 13602 at http://michiganradio.org Buena Vista and Inkster schools have until Monday to avoid closure Michigan's State Superintendent wants to move toward county-wide school districts http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-state-superintendent-wants-move-toward-county-wide-school-districts <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">One hundred years ago, the state of Michigan had more than 7,000 local school districts.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;">There are slightly more than 800 school districts today, and <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/June_2013_Quarterly_Report_FINAL_423427_7.pdf">many of them are struggling with their finances</a>.</span></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 19:00:11 +0000 Mark Brush 13421 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's State Superintendent wants to move toward county-wide school districts Struggling school districts can be dissolved under new law http://michiganradio.org/post/struggling-school-districts-can-be-dissolved-under-new-law <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Small school districts with big money troubles could be broken up by the state under a new law signed by Governor Rick Snyder on Tuesday.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Saginaw County’s Buena Vista and metro Detroit’s Inkster could be the first districts dissolved and folded into their neighbors under the <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(vtjszcyfzde5nb55claonqn5))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&amp;objectName=2013-HB-4815">new law</a>, MPRN's Rick Pluta reports.</span></p><blockquote><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Governor Snyder says that the review of the districts is proceeding quickly, so students and their families will know where they’re attending classes in the fall.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“We’re talking days, not months,” Snyder said.</span></p></blockquote><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:44:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13359 at http://michiganradio.org Struggling school districts can be dissolved under new law This week in Michigan politics: Medicaid expansion, dissolving school districts, ban on wolf hunting http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-medicaid-expansion-dissolving-school-districts-ban-wolf-hunting <p>This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss Governor Snyder and Randy Richardville's <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-continues-push-medicaid-expansion">final efforts to expand Medicaid</a>, a bill recently signed to dissolve financially struggling school districts in Michigan, and another <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/you-could-be-asked-vote-two-michigan-wolf-hunt-laws-november-2014">ballot initiative to ban wolf hunting</a>.</p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 13:15:52 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Emily Fox & Michigan Radio Newsroom 13358 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Medicaid expansion, dissolving school districts, ban on wolf hunting In this morning's news: School district consolidation, wolf hunt, Detroit City Council leadership http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-school-district-consolidation-wolf-hunt-detroit-city-council-leadership <p>Governor Rick Snyder has signed a <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/buena-vista-inkster-schools-could-be-dissolved-under-bills-headed-governor">law</a> which would allow the state to consolidate small, financially struggling school districts with neighboring districts. Inskter in metro Detroit and Buena Vista in Saginaw County would be the first districts affected. Snyder also announced that a work group would be trying to develop a better system for fixing schools with looming financial problems.</p><p>"There is a new <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/you-could-be-asked-vote-two-michigan-wolf-hunt-laws-november-2014">petition drive</a> to put a referendum on a wolf-hunting law on the November 2014 ballot. If it’s successful, this would be the second ballot challenge to a Michigan wolf hunt. This drive takes aim at the new hunting law adopted after a previous ballot campaign turned in enough petitions to suspend the earlier wolf-hunting law," Rick Pluta reports.<br><br>The Detroit City Council is holding off on replacing its leadership over lingering legal questions. The Council will vote next week on who will replace Charles Pugh as Council President. Pugh has been missing for several weeks, and he <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-president-be-stripped-his-duties">has been stripped</a> of his pay and responsibilities. The Council will also select a President Pro-Tem, its second-highest leadership position.</p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:35:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13356 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: School district consolidation, wolf hunt, Detroit City Council leadership Buena Vista schools update: Layoffs and how the Voting Rights Act impacts dissolution http://michiganradio.org/post/buena-vista-schools-update-layoffs-and-how-voting-rights-act-impacts-dissolution <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last night, Buena Vista School District held meetings to discuss two important issues.</span></p><p>Overall, while the board made decisions for the 2013-2014 school year assuming the school district would open this coming fall, the future of the district depends on whether or not higher ups decide to dissolve the struggling school system.</p><p>First, the board made decisions on the school district’s budget and layoffs.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:18:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13254 at http://michiganradio.org Buena Vista schools update: Layoffs and how the Voting Rights Act impacts dissolution In this morning's news: Voting rights decision, Orr denies medical leave, Buena Vista layoffs http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-voting-rights-decision-orr-denies-medical-leave-buena-vista-layoffs <p><strong>Michigan doesn't need to clear new election laws with the federal government</strong></p><p>"The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down a key part of a voting rights law means the state of Michigan will no longer have to clear new election laws with the federal government," Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-voting-rights-decision-could-impact-areas-michigan">reports. </a></p><p>Two counties, Buena Vista in Saginaw County and Clyde in Allegan county, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/why-townships-michigan-were-subject-voting-rights-act">were covered </a>by the federal Voting Rights Act after failing to provide adequate help to Spanish-speaking voters in the 1970s.</p><p><strong>Kevyn Orr denies medical leave for City Council president </strong></p><p>Detroit’s emergency manager Kevyn Orr has denied City Council President Charles Pugh's request for medical leave. Pugh has been absent from Council meetings for a few days, and he has not returned phone calls. Orr says Pugh must report to work by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, or be stripped of his salary and responsibilities.</p><p><strong>Buena Vista School District lays off most teachers and staff </strong></p><p>The Board of Education for the Buena Vista School District near Saginaw approved layoffs for nearly all of its teachers and staff on Tuesday.<br><br>"School officials the district will have about $2,000 as of July 5. Board President Randy L. Jackson says the district still is making plans for fall classes. The board approved an application to request a $2.5 million loan from the state to help keep running," according to the Associated Press.</p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:52:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13250 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Voting rights decision, Orr denies medical leave, Buena Vista layoffs Why townships in Michigan were subject to the Voting Rights Act http://michiganradio.org/post/why-townships-michigan-were-subject-voting-rights-act <p>As <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/us-supreme-court-voting-rights-decision-could-impact-areas-michigan" target="_blank">Rick Pluta reported </a>earlier, two Michigan townships could be affected by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on the Voting Rights Act <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/25/195506795/supreme-court-strikes-down-key-provision-of-voting-rights-law">announced </a>today.</p><p>The Voting Rights Act requires that the federal government approve any changes to voting procedures in areas with a history of discrimination.</p><p>In Michigan, Buena Vista Township and Clyde Township were both required to submit any proposed changes to their voting rules to the U.S. Department of Justice.</p><p>The Voting Rights Act covered areas where more than 5% of the population spoke a language other than English. In these areas, bilingual ballots were required. Both Buena Vista Townships and Clyde Townships had Hispanic populations above 5%.</p><p>An English-only ballot in these places was considered to be a discriminatory 'device', according to the<em> </em><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/06/23/us/voting-rights-act-map.html?hp" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times.</em></a></p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2013/06/voting_rights_act_west_michiga.html" target="_blank">Zane McMillin of MLive reports</a> on some of the requirements Clyde Township had to follow:</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:28:34 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13243 at http://michiganradio.org Why townships in Michigan were subject to the Voting Rights Act Buena Vista, Inkster schools could be dissolved under bills headed to governor http://michiganradio.org/post/buena-vista-inkster-schools-could-be-dissolved-under-bills-headed-governor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Michigan House has given final approval to bills that will allow the state to dissolve small, struggling school districts.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The legislation now goes to Governor Rick Snyder.</span></p><p>The first two districts affected would be Inkster and Buena Vista.</p><p>They’re small, losing students, and don’t have enough money to open in the fall. Republicans say the legislation will ensure students have a place to go when classes begin. They also hope it will encourage struggling districts to consolidate.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 14:45:56 +0000 Rick Pluta 13182 at http://michiganradio.org Buena Vista, Inkster schools could be dissolved under bills headed to governor In this morning's news: Medicaid vote, school budgets, bridge safety http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-medicaid-vote-school-budgets-bridge-safety <p><strong>Medicaid vote delayed</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder called out Republican state Senators for taking their summer recess before <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-wants-state-lawmakers-come-back-finish-medicaid-expansion">voting on Medicaid</a> expansion.&nbsp; He is requesting that lawmakers return to vote on the legislation.&nbsp; Michigan Radio’s Jake Neher quotes Governor Snyder as saying “Please come do your job.&nbsp; Please come take a vote.&nbsp; Please come vote ‘yes.’”</p><p><strong>School budget bill in Governor's hands</strong></p><p>Bills allowing the state to dissolve debt-ridden school districts heads to Governor Snyder’s desk today.&nbsp; They were approved yesterday by the state House, with votes following party lines.&nbsp; Rick Pluta reports that this may enable the state to quickly shut down the Buena Vista and Inkster school districts.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Bridges in need of repair</strong></p><p>1300 bridges in Michigan have been judged <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/1354-michigan-bridges-found-unsafe">unsafe in a new study</a> from Transportation for America.&nbsp; Jeff Cranson with the Michigan Department of Transportation believes that Governor Snyder’s 1.2 billion-dollar road investment bill will help fix the problem.</p><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 12:19:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13178 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Medicaid vote, school budgets, bridge safety