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State lists worst schools; no Detroit closures until 2019

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Many of the schools on Michigan's newest bottom 5 percent list are in Detroit and will not be closed by the state until 2019 at the earliest because of how the laws enacting a financial bailout of the district were written.

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration on Thursday made public the lowest-performing schools across the state.

Fifty-eight of the 116 open schools are in Detroit's district or will be folded back into the district when a state-created turnaround entity dissolves next year.

A Snyder spokeswoman says the state will not force the closure of Detroit schools for at least three years because of the legislation that created a new debt-free district.

Also Thursday, Michigan's School Reform Office released seven schools from "priority" status after students improved their test results.

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