READY TO FIGHT: Detroit school board files injunction over Lansing DPS bailout
DETROIT (WJBK) - First they shot down the state's bailout loan and now Detroit's school board wants to take their fight to court.
But it's not just about the money; they want to block the state's plan to split the district.
Detroit school board members have filed an injunction in federal court in response to Gov. Rick Snyder's decision to split the district into two.
"We're not doing it as a school board we're doing it as residents, taxpayers and it’s in federal court," said Elena Herrada, Detroit school board member. "We can't do anything in state court. There is nothing we can accomplish in state court. We've gone to state court over and over again."
The move comes on the heels of sweeping education reform designed to get the school district out of debt.
And according to some school board members, the reason why the district is being split up all comes down to money.
"To leave the debt behind, basically it's a shell game," Herrada said. "And it’s a way of creating incredible amounts of finance fees."
Thursday's filing comes just days after school board members spoke out against a $150 million loan package stating an 18 percent interest rate is too high.
And now they fear splitting up the district will hurt the students and affect the quality of their education.
"Uncertified teachers will be allowed to be hired, they're much cheaper," said Herrada. "It will get rid of the pensioners, it will get rid of the people who have experience in the classrooms and bring in people who have no experience."
FOX 2 reached out to DPS Emergency Manager, Judge Steven Rhodes, but he was unavailable for comment.