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Mid-Michigan representative wants Detroit Public Schools restructured

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A local lawmaker is throwing harsh criticism on Detroit Public Schools, calling for the district to be restructured.

The state has controlled Detroit Public Schools for much of the last 15 years and now Gov. Rick Snyder wants to split it in two.

"Well, I don't want to see them dissolved. We need to do something more for those students," said Rep. Tim Kelly.

Kelly, a state representative from Saginaw County, wants to see an end to the district’s problems.

"It's a large budgetary item. It's 46,000 students. I don't think Detroit can recover the way we all want them to," Kelly said.

The state senate has already passed a $715 million bailout bill for DPS. But Kelly doesn't think that same measure will pass here in the house.

"I don't think we need to pass any additional legislation to extend what they do, recreate what they do," Kelly said. "I think we pay their debt, give them their board back and let them survive."

And while Kelly is vocal about the issues in the Motor City, would he feel the same way if a school system were to fail here in the Great Lakes Bay region?

"I would. Nobody can afford to operate failed schools," Kelly said.

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