Lansing plan to help DPS blasted by critics

- Thursday's controversial bill package is hitting a sour note with students and the mayor - they believe the children in Detroit are getting short-changed.

"What is the argument about?" said one parent.

FOX 2: "Money"

"It doesn't make any sense," she said.

A lot of cents. The House passed a $500 million DPS bailout bill, but the Senate wants $715 million.

"Last night basically was throw up your arms and send it back," said Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. "No reforms in place in the classroom, not enough money, it's disappointing."

A frustrated mayor, who himself was in Lansing until 1 a.m. Thursday morning lobbying House Republicans for the Senate version of the bill.

"It was a good bill," Duggan said. "It gave the Detroit schools a real chance at success, it had enough money but it also had local accountability."

FOX 2: "Is the morale bad?"

"I am not in the building, but being in the profession of education, when someone is coming to school every morning and you're not sure you're going to be compensated, that makes it tough," said Richard Miller, a coach at Detroit Cass Tech.

And the students feel the tension.

"It would be sad for 2016 to be the last year for DPS," said Silas Shorter, a senior at Cass Tech.

"My daughter is a junior, she is getting ready to graduate next year," said Daniele Sparks, a Cass Tech mom. "How do I know if DPS will be up and running next year."
And some parents might be thinking about leaving DPS.

"Would I ever consider leaving, no, not unless these teachers continue to be misrepresented and (not) appreciated," said Dorothea Maxey-Brown, mom of a Cass Tech student.

Transitional manager Judge Steven Rhodes issued an open letter to the community talking about teachers in his words "striking" this week.

"It puzzled, angered and alienated state legislators of both political parties at the very moment that they are considering life-threatening legislation for DPS," Rhodes wrote.

"There's no question that the sickouts raised a level of emotion among the legislators this week," Duggan said. "The timing was unfortunate."

"I am a senior so I'm leaving anyway, but if I were in the ninth grade I would request to leave DPS," said Frankie Bryant, a senior at Cass Tech. "Because it's not stable. That's it."

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