© 2021 MICHIGAN RADIO
91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit 91.3 Port Huron 104.1 Grand Rapids 91.1 Flint
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Education

Snyder urges calm, cites 'misperception' on school closures

IMG_1574_0.JPG
steve carmody
/
Michigan Radio
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI)

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder is urging calm ahead of Michigan's release of the lowest-performing public schools, saying there is a "misperception" that schools will be closed.

He said Friday that Michigan is required to publish the bottom 5 percent list by next week, but he told The Associated Press it is wrong to assume listed schools will receive closure notices.

Education leaders have said the Snyder administration has privately told some school officials that if their schools are on the list for three straight years, they may be subject to closure for the 2017-18 academic year.

The governor says closing schools is legally an option, but "that's different than saying that's what's going to happen." He did not rule out future closures but said notifying schools now hopefully leads to improvement.

Related Content