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House approves $50M in emergency cash for Detroit Public Schools

Mar 17, 2016

Credit Sarah Hulett / Michigan Radio

A $50 million emergency spending bill to keep Detroit Public Schools open through the rest of this school year has cleared the state House.

The district’s emergency manager says without an immediate infusion of cash, DPS probably won’t be able to pay teachers and staff after April 8th.

The bill now goes to the state Senate, where Republican Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof says he intends  to hold a vote on this $50 million bill, or a larger DPS bailout, sometime next week.

Governor Snyder released a statement thanking the House on Thursday:  "While a long-term legislative fix is urgently needed to address the challenges that are holding Detroit students back, this $50 million supplemental is a key first step."

The House bill taps millions from the state’s Tobacco settlement fund.