Republican bill on old school buildings sent to the governor

Jan 11, 2018

Republican state lawmakers want to prevent school districts from using deed restrictions on old school buildings.

Those restrictions prevent old buildings from being used for other educational purposes.

They are often meant to keep competitors from opening schools that would siphon  students away from the district.

The state house sent the bill to the governor’s desk today.

State Senator Phil Pavlov is the bill's sponsor.

“At the core of this bill is what is the best use of taxpayer resources to repurpose old school buildings.”

Democratic State Representative Stephanie Chang doesn’t think it’s the right time to tweak the law.

“Why don’t we just let this play out in the courts.

But Republican lawmakers accuse Detroit school officials of ‘flouting’ the current law.

They say they want to ensure the “best use of taxpayer resources to repurpose old school buildings.”