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2009 House Bill 4047: Extend Detroit School District special treatment
Introduced by Rep. Bettie Scott (D) on January 22, 2009 To reduce from 100,000 to 60,000 the number of students that qualify a school district as a “school district of the first class.” Detroit is the only such district, which among other things is a statutory device to prohibit an expansion of charter schools in the city. The Detroit district has lost tens of thousands of students in recent years, and is fell below the 100,000 threshold last fall. Note: The 2008-2009 School Aid budget included a provision lowering the threshold to 60,000. This bill would amend the state School Code statute.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Education Committee on January 22, 2009
Reported in the House on March 19, 2009 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on April 2, 2009 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that doesn't change the pupil count threshold in statute, but does allow Detroit to retain its “school district of the first class” until July 1, 2010 despite falling below that threshold.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on April 2, 2009
Passed 71 to 38 in the House on April 2, 2009 To allow Detroit to retain its “school district of the first class” until July 1, 2010, despite the fact that its pupil count has fallen below the level that defines this status. Detroit is the only such district, which among other things is a statutory device to prohibit an expansion of charter schools in the city.
Received in the Senate on April 21, 2009
Referred to the Senate Education Committee on April 21, 2009

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