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Snyder says Detroit school deal is necessary

File photo of Gov. Rick Snyder speaking in Grand Rapids in 2016.
Hilary Farrell

Speaking at a business conference on Mackinac Island, Governor Rick Snyder says the Legislature must reach a deal on a bailout for the Detroit Public Schools.

Governor Snyder told the Detroit Regional Chamber policy conference that failing to strike a deal on a Detroit schools rescue could cost Michigan taxpayers many millions of dollars.

He says that raises the prospect of bankruptcy for the district.

“And I believe that would be a huge disaster.”

The Legislature is deadlocked on a rescue package.

The disagreements include how much money to spend, and controls on the opening of new charter schools in the city.

The governor says failing to reach a deal would also send families scrambling to find schools for their children in the fall.

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