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2016 House Bill 5384: Overhaul Detroit school district governance structure

Public Act 192 of 2016

Introduced by Rep. Daniela Garcia (R) on February 18, 2016 To revise the state school code to accommodate Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal to relieve the Detroit school district of debt acquired by years of deficit spending, but require additional education reforms not included in Governor’s proposal or the Senate version (Senate Bill 710).
Like those proposals, this bill would create a purely administrative entity to service the district’s accumulated debt, and another to actually operate the schools. The House package adds additional limits on allowable collective bargaining issues (see House Bill 5387); more certain sanctions against teachers who participate in illegal strikes (including “sick-outs”); a meaningful teacher assessment and merit pay system; exemptions from teacher certification mandates; a cap on administrative expenses; measures to accommodate a year-round school calendar; no longer enrolling new employees in the state-run school pension system; and more. The state would retain management oversight at least until the district goes five years with no new deficit spending. This is part of a package consisting of House Bills 5382 to 5387.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Appropriations Committee on February 18, 2016
Reported in the House on May 3, 2016 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Amendment offered by Rep. Stephanie Chang (D) on May 5, 2016 To insert the Senate-passed provision ((in Senate Bill 710) creating a new "Detroit education commission" appointed by the Detroit mayor and having the authority to block new charter schools from opening in the city, among other powers.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 5, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Adam Zemke (D) on May 5, 2016 To remove a provision that would exempt Detroit from current state teacher certification requirements.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 5, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Brian Banks (D) on May 5, 2016 To end a form of state receivership for academically failed Detroit schools (called "the education achievement authority, and return management of these schools to the Detroit school district.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 5, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Sarah Roberts (D) on May 5, 2016 To prohibit any new charter schools in Detroit unless the school determination by the state Superintendent of Public Instruction that there is a population of underserved schoolchildren within 5-miles. The term "underserved" is not defined, so the amendment could potentially represent an outright ban on new charters in the city.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 5, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Fred Durhal, III (D) on May 5, 2016 To not require a new Detroit school district Superintendent to be approved by a Financial Review Commission created for the city of Detroit as part of its bankruptcy, which under the bill would also have oversight over the school district. Instead, to instead require this commission to approve the district's chief financial officer.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 5, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Brian Banks (D) on May 5, 2016 To declare "the intent of the legislature" to be that the federal Department of Justice conduct a forensic audit of the Detroit school district.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 5, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Adam Zemke (D) on May 5, 2016 To declare "the intent of the legislature" that 10 percent of the Detroit school district's per student state foundation allowance, and of charter schools in the city, be used to create a school bus system for all students in the city.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 5, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Henry Yanez (D) on May 5, 2016 To remove a provision that would require Detroit school principals to reapply for their job.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 5, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Adam Zemke (D) on May 5, 2016
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 5, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D) on May 5, 2016 To give the Detroit school district board authority over the administrative bureau the bill would create to service the district’s accumulated debt. This device is the actual means by which the $500 million bailout would be carried out.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on May 5, 2016
Passed 57 to 51 in the House on May 5, 2016.
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To end the state's emergency management of the insolvent Detroit school district, and give an elected school board control of the district's schools. Among many other changes and reforms, the bill requires a meaningful merit pay system for Detroit teachers, and caps central office overhead costs. The bill does not contain a Senate-passed provision creating a new "Detroit Education Commission" appointed by the Detroit mayor and having the authority to block new charter schools from opening in the city, among other powers. This is part of $500 million Detroit Public Schools bailout and governance package..
Received in the Senate on May 10, 2016
Referred to the Senate on May 10, 2016
Received in the House on June 2, 2016
Moved to reconsider in the House on June 2, 2016 The vote by which the House passed the bill.
The motion passed by voice vote in the House on June 2, 2016
Substitute offered by Rep. Daniela Garcia (R) on June 2, 2016 To adopt a version that reflects the final bailout amounts and conditions agreed to by the House.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on June 2, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Sarah Roberts (D) on June 2, 2016 To require the state Department of Education to hold a hearing before closing an academically failed Detroit school, "to determine the local population's interests" in whether the failing school should be closed.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 2, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Sarah Roberts (D) on June 2, 2016 To prohibit an academically failed school from being closed if the Department of Education has not tabulated statewide school performance rankings in the current or previous year (which it had not at the time the amendment was offered), or if the Department makes a change to the student tests on which the ranking is based.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 2, 2016
Amendment offered by Rep. Sarah Roberts (D) on June 2, 2016 To prohibit an academically failed school from being closed if the Department of Education has not tabulated statewide school performance rankings in the current or previous year (which it had not at the time the amendment was offered), or if the Department makes a change to the student tests on which the ranking is based.
The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on June 2, 2016
Passed 55 to 53 in the House on June 2, 2016.
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To end the state's emergency management of the insolvent Detroit school district, and give a school board to be elected in November 2016 control of the district's schools. Among many other changes and reforms, the bill requires a meaningful merit pay system for Detroit principals and administrators (but not necessarily teachers), allows the district to hire teachers that have not acquired a "certification" required by the state and more. Notably, the bill does not contain a Senate-passed provision creating a commission appointed by the Detroit mayor and having the authority to block new charter schools from opening in the city, among other powers. House Bill 5383 authorizes using $72 million annually in state revenue to cover $467 million in uncollectable loans the state has extended to Detroit schools over a number of years.
Received in the Senate on June 8, 2016
Referred to the Senate on June 8, 2016
Amendment offered in the Senate on June 8, 2016 To clarify that state officials have the authority to close a failing charter school.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 8, 2016
Substitute offered by Sen. David Knezek (D) on June 8, 2016 To adopt a version of the bailout package that reflects the preferences of Democratic lawmakers.
The substitute failed 15 to 22 in the Senate on June 8, 2016.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Coleman Young, II (D) on June 8, 2016 To establish as the "intent of the legislature" that the federal Department of Justice conduct a forensic audit of the Detroit school district's financial operations and records.
The amendment failed 11 to 26 in the Senate on June 8, 2016.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Coleman Young, II (D) on June 8, 2016 To prohibit charter schools located in Detroit from hiring a for-profit management company to run the school.
The amendment failed 10 to 27 in the Senate on June 8, 2016.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Coleman Young, II (D) on June 8, 2016 To require charter schools in Detroit to provide transportation for students.
The amendment failed 10 to 27 in the Senate on June 8, 2016.
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Amendment offered by Sen. Coleman Young, II (D) on June 8, 2016 To tie-bar the bill to Senate Bills 711 and 854, meaning this bill cannot become law unless those ones do also. Those bills would revise details of proposed financial oversight of the district, and give more money to districts with low income families to provide extra hours of instruction.
The amendment failed 10 to 27 in the Senate on June 8, 2016.
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Passed 19 to 18 in the Senate on June 8, 2016.
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(same description)
To end the state's emergency management of the insolvent Detroit school district, and give a school board to be elected in November 2016 control of the district's schools. Among many other changes and reforms, the bill requires a meaningful merit pay system for Detroit principals and administrators (but not necessarily teachers), allows the district to hire teachers that have not acquired a "certification" required by the state and more. Notably, the bill does not contain a Senate-passed provision creating a commission appointed by the Detroit mayor and having the authority to block new charter schools from opening in the city, among other powers. House Bill 5383 authorizes using $72 million annually in state revenue to cover $467 million in uncollectable loans the state has extended to Detroit schools over a number of years.
Received in the House on June 9, 2016
Passed 55 to 54 in the House on June 9, 2016.
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To concur with the minor changes made by the Senate to the bill passed by the House on June 2.
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 21, 2016

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