State House approves supplemental aid for Detroit schools

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan House has approved $48.7 million in supplemental aid for Detroit’s public schools after the district’s state-appointed manager warned that it may not be able to pay teachers after April 8.

The supplemental aid measure now goes to the Senate.

House Appropriations Committee chairman Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, has said the supplemental aid for the district will come from the state’s tobacco settlement fund, not a loan.

Lawmakers also approved another bill Thursday that will set up a financial review commission to oversee the district’s finances. The commission could reject or revise the district’s budget, and would have the authority to approve the appointment of the superintendent and chief financial officer.

Democrats introduced amendments to strip the commission’s authority over the Detroit district, but those amendments failed.

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