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Michigan House passes $500M Detroit schools restructure plan

The Michigan House approved a $500 million restructuring plan for Detroit Public Schools early Thursday, just days after disillusioned teachers staged a two-day sick-out because they feared the financially struggling district wouldn't be able to pay them all through the summer.

Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled chamber started session Wednesday, but didn't emerge with a plan until a series of private caucus meetings had ended some 15 hours later. They said the plan would ensure all teachers are paid and the district eliminates debt.

The House measure did not include a plan to create a commission with the authority to approve which schools open and close in the city — a...

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