State House Approves $50M to Keep Detroit Schools Open through School Year

The bill calls for funds to keep DPS operating through the end of this school year.

An emergency spending bill to keep Detroit Public Schools open through the school year has cleared the state House. It taps about $50 million from the state’s tobacco settlement fund.

The state’s largest district probably won’t be able to pay teachers and staff after April 8 without the money, according to DPS’ emergency manager Steven Rhodes.

State House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant) says the stopgap measure gives lawmakers more time to come up with a larger bailout package for DPS.

This is not something that allows us to now walk away from the DPS work, but rather gives us additional time to make sure that we get it right,” said Cotter.


  • Jake Neher
    Jake Neher is senior producer for Detroit Today and host of MichMash for 101.9 WDET. He previously reported on the Michigan Legislature for the Michigan Public Radio Network.