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MI Senate to tackle Detroit schools impasse

The state Legislature is back in Lansing this week. 

One of its top priorities is working toward a resolution to the Detroit schools’ financial crisis.

Eight years of state emergency management have not solved the district’s fiscal troubles, and a financial collapse seems imminent.

The emergency manager says the district will run out of money at the end of June if nothing is done.

A plan before the Legislature would create a new district to teach students while the current district would continue to exist only to pay off the debt.

But the state House and the state Senate are divided on how much to pay for start-up costs and how to handle charter schools that are under-performing.

The chambers are also divided on how to deal with teachers’ 'sickouts' over working conditions and the possibility of pay-less paydays.

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