Gov. won't close struggling Detroit schools for 3 years, Senate GOP pushing for sooner

- While the governor has said he won't close Detroit schools for at least three years, top GOP lawmakers are pushing to shutter the schools right away.

More than 50 Detroit schools rank among the nation's worst.

The Senate republican leader in on a collision course with the Republican governor on when Detroit schools can be closed.

Gov. Rick Snyder has legal opinion that states the closings have to wait three years, but Senate Majory Floor Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, says he'll move to overturn the govenor's ruling.

"My caucus probably would not support that," Meekhof said. "We'll have to do something. We're in the midst of analyzing what it is we're going to do -- maybe many things."

One thing he could do is ask the state attorney general to rule on the issue or he could pass new legislation that would allow the Detroit schools to close sooner rather than later.

Suburban state Sen. Jack Brandburg, R-Macomb County, argues the state just bailed out the district and failing schools should be shuttered now.

"If a school is failing and has failed ... I really think after the money we've spent on Detroit that you have to close these schools down," he said, adding schools may not get better in three years.

State Sen. Coleman A. Young II, D-Detroit, says the Republicans should stay out of this decision.

"We should allow the elected school board to be able to do their job. ... I think we should let elected officials make decisions about who opens and closes school," he said.

The governor will meet with the two GOP leaders tomorrow to decide what, if anything, should be done on closing Detroit schools.

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