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Lawmakers mull $48.7M in emergency aid for Detroit schools

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -

Detroit's ailing school district would receive $48.7 million in emergency state funding to remain open the rest of the school year under legislation nearing final votes.

Lawmakers face a Thursday deadline to act before their spring break. The district's state-appointed manager says without the aid, it will be unable to pay employees for work they do after April 8, four days before legislators return to Lansing.

The Republican-led Legislature is trying to resolve differences over tying the spending to legislation putting the district's finances under the oversight of a commission that already reviews city budgets post-bankruptcy.

The $48.7 million is a stopgap while GOP Gov. Rick Snyder presses the lawmakers to enact a larger restructuring plan to split the district and pay off massive operating debt over a decade.

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