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Greg Marshall Show Topics 7/08/2013

Touchy Topic: Should School Districts Be Countywide?

Touchy Topic Should School Districts Be Countywide
Get set for a fight between communities throughout Michigan and Lansing. Mike Flanagan, the state’s top education official, wants to discuss a radical change: Moving from local school districts to countywide ones.

Mike Flanagan, the state’s top education official, is tossing out a hot-potato idea.

He’ll kick-start the debate, which obviously will be intense, by issuing a report this week on benefits of having 83 school districts instead of about 550.

That sets up a showdown with local school boards, educators and parents over a bedrock issue: local control of schools.

Here’s how English teacher Marcus Napthen of Belleville High puts it in a front-page Free Press article: “The school is the center of the community.”

Flanagan floated the idea at a legislative hearing last month, education writer Lori Higgins reports in that story atop Sunday’s front page. Flanagan, whose title is superintendent of public instruction, believes enrollment declines and financial swings would be easier to absorbed with fewer districts and many major functions run at the county level.
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