Proposal 1 failure means no changes in Muskegon Heights Public Schools

7:43 AM, Nov 16, 2012   |    comments
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  • Donald Weatherspoon, emergency manager of Muskegon Heights Public Schools.
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MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - School board members in Muskegon Heights now know how the vote on Michigan's Proposal 1 -- the referendum on the state's 2011 emergency manager law -- will impact the district.

Proposal 1 failed, resulting in the overturning of the Emergency Manager law.

According to the district's attorney Gary Britton, the repeal of the law, known as Public Act 4, means "very few changes."  Britton says the lack of an impact is due to the fact the Muskegon Heights Public Schools and Muskegon Area Intermediate School District have already established a charter school to take on the responsibility of educating district students.

For now, the district will follow Public Act 72, which provides many powers to make financial decision to district emergency manager Donald Weatherspoon.

"There still is a great deal of control in the Emergency Financial Manager until the financial emergency no longer exists," says Britton. Those decisions are "being watched by Lansing," he says.

Several district residents and concerned citizens attended a special meeting with the publicly elected Muskegon Heights Public School Board. Board members asked their legal council for an opinion on how to proceed following the passage of Proposal 1.

The publicly elected school board should receive the first of several required reports later this month from Mosaica Education.  The reports are expected to provide the board with details on students' educational progress and the number of teachers who have quit their jobs since the start of the school year.

Reported by Jon Mills in Muskegon Heights

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