LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, offered the following statement Tuesday after Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his 2016 State of the State address:
“I appreciate Governor Snyder re-emphasizing the urgency for the Legislature to partner in the reform of Detroit’s public school district.
“In all of our education reform efforts, we must put children first, and children in Detroit are not receiving the education they need and deserve. Michigan cannot reach its full potential without a healthy, vibrant Detroit. That must include functioning schools that deliver the same standards that other students receive.
“On January 14, I introduced legislation that would provide a fresh start for Detroit’s public school children by restructuring the district. Senate Bills 710 and 711 would create a new public school district known as the Detroit Community District. The new district would operate the schools, and the current Detroit Public Schools district would remain only for the purpose of retiring the district’s debt.
“I look forward to working my colleagues in the days ahead to refine a Detroit education proposal that ensures strong, thriving public schools in the city.”