"Now You See Them"; State Could Make Broke Schools Disappear

June 13, 2013

“But one has to be cautious. If one is so far in debt, I think it’s imprudent for us to just say: ‘Here’s some more money, here’s a loan’, that we know full well cannot be paid back. I would rather have something that we can work on getting these kids in an institution that is going to be viable, so they're not moving around.”

—Representative Bill Rogers, R-Brighton

Students in Inkster could be forced to go to school in a new district in the fall if two bills speeding through the Legislature are signed into law before then. The bills would give the state the power to dissolve small public school districts--no more than 25-hundred students--if they run out of money. Republican State Representative Bill Rogers of Brighton sponsored the legislation. WDET's Pat Batcheller asked him why dissolving these schools is necessary, and why lawmakers are trying to pass the bill before the new school year starts. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.