Gov. Snyder signs bipartisan bill

LANSING, Mich. – All Detroit Public Schools will have the funding to remain open through the end of the current school year, after Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill to fund operating costs and teacher salaries through June 30. The governor also signed legislation expanding the role of the Financial Review Commission that works with the city of Detroit on its finances to include the school district as well.

“There was a pressing need in Detroit that lawmakers from all across the state came together to address, and they got it done quickly,” Snyder said. “This continues to demonstrate that the challenges at DPS aren’t just Detroit’s problem, they are concerns for all of Michigan. We are c_Flint_-02-36-amommitted to academic improvement and long-term financial stability at DPS.”

“Judge Rhodes and Interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather, who both have come in during a challenging time, did a good job identifying and conveying the needs of the district, both financial and educational. They continue to work with us on finding long-term solutions that will serve everyone well –students, their families and educators.”

House Bill 5385, authored by state Rep. Earl Poleski, expands the authority of the Michigan Financial Review Commission to include education districts. It would not apply to a district that is under the oversight of an Emergency Manager. If the FRC is extended to a district, the superintendent and school board chairman would become members of the commission. The bill is now Public Act 53 of 2016.

Todas las escuelas públicas de Detroit tendrán la financiación de permanecer abierta hasta el final del año escolar en curso, después que el gobernador Rick Snyder ha firmado un proyecto de ley para financiar los costos de operación y salarios de los maestros a través de 30 de junio, el gobernador firmó la legislación que la expansión del papel de la Comisión de Revisión financiera que trabaja con la ciudad de Detroit en sus finanzas para incluir el distrito escolar también.

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Santiago Rios has dedicated his life to pursuing excellence. He is an accomplished professional and an advocate of community development and advancement. Santiago’s parents were migrant farm workers who came from Texas to Michigan and Ohio every year to work in the fields. In 1950, they settled in St. Louis, Michigan. As a young man Santiago worked in the fields and the orchards of Michigan along with his parents, his grandmother and numerous other family members. Santiago is a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He currently serves as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan, and teaches part-time as an Assistant Professor in the Michigan State University, Division of Public Health. From 1998 – 2004 he served as Chairman of the Capitol Area Cesar E. Chavez Commission. In 1990, Santiago Rios was awarded the Michigan State University Service Award for his work in the establishment of the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University. Santiago is a past chairman of the Lansing Board of Water and Light. Santiago and his wife, Melissa, reside in Lansing, Michigan. The opinions and views expressed in this article are those of Santiago Rios, and must not be associated with or attributed to his employers, or to any other person or entity.