DETROIT (AP) – A top Republican lawmaker says Detroit teachers will get paid and that lawmakers have never indicated they won’t solve the district’s financial problems.
State House Appropriations Committee Chairman Al Pscholka told a hearing Tuesday that it’s “time for us to act.” Pscholka says it doesn’t matter who’s to blame for the state-managed district’s long-lasting problems, but that “the future of Detroit’s schoolchildren … is on the line.”
The state Legislature passed $48.7 million in emergency funding in March, but that will only last through June. Teachers held another mass sick-out Tuesday, forcing the closure of 94 schools, over concerns they will not be paid this summer.
Gov. Rick Snyder proposed overhauling the Detroit Public Schools a year ago, but legislators are at odds over issues such as charter schools, labor contracts and how quickly an elected school board takes power.