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Detroit, energy, paroles top Snyder's agenda

Dec 19, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder says lawmakers could first tackle the Detroit school district's debt and possibly leave until later his call for a new commission to close poor-performing traditional and charter schools.

Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI)
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

  The Republican governor told The Associated Press in a year-end interview that pending legislation to split the district in two to retire debt and to empower a chief education officer to hold schools accountable could go on "parallel or somewhat separate tracks." Snyder says the more urgent issue in terms of timing is the state-run district's finances.

  Charter school advocates oppose putting independently operated charters under the oversight of a commission.

  Detroit schools are among three legislative priorities left unfinished this year and that Snyder will prioritize in 2016. The others are updated energy laws and criminal justice changes.