Snyder signs $48.7M in emergency aid for Detroit schools


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law $48.7 million in emergency funding to keep the Detroit Public Schools open through the end of the school year.

The governor says the spending legislation enacted Tuesday shows the district’s challenges “aren’t just Detroit’s problem, they are concerns for all of Michigan.”

The state’s largest school district was in danger of starting to run out of money in April.

The $48.7 million is a stopgap measure while the Republican governor presses the GOP-controlled Legislature to enact a $720 million restructuring plan to split the district in two and pay off operating debt over a decade.

Separately, federal officials on Tuesday afternoon say they plan to announce charges involving several current and former Detroit Public Schools officials.