Not everyone happy with Lansing's DPS rescue plan

Reaction is pouring in from Thursday night's state House-approved DPS rescue package.

In Lansing, the state House finally passed a Detroit Public Schools rescue plan but not everyone is happy with the deal.

The $617 million plan would restructure the Detroit Public Schools paying off it's $467 million dollar debt over eight and half years.

But this mother who has a set of twins at a DPS high school says this plan is not good for students.

"As a parent in the city who talks to parents all the time and educates them on the real issues, this is not good for us,"  said Wytrice Harris.

Harris is part of a group of parents and organizations committed to helping Detroit students receive a quality education. She says lawmakers have failed her kids.

"They have to deal with lack of resources, a lack of teachers," she said. "They have teachers who don't know what they are going to be doing next year, so they are getting out."

DPS Transition Manager Judge Steven Rhodes says the action by the Michigan House is a key step to ensure the future of public education in Detroit.

But Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan sees it differently.

"When we step forward as a community with the business leadership, a number of the charter committee, the education coalition and say we have a solution," Duggan said. "To have that disrespected, is very disappointing. We're going to go on to the Senate and see if we can succeed there."

The measure, which includes $150 million to operate the schools through October, now moves on to the state Senate where lawmakers could vote as early as next Tuesday. The Senate had requested $200 million although some state officials have put the number needed even higher.

Some organizations say they have concerns about what the House vote could mean for DPS students and they hope the Senate will stand up and do the right thing.

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