Statement from state Rep. Sylvia Santana on the passage of Senate Bill 574:

Thursday, January 18, 2018

LANSING — The House passed Senate Bill 574 today, which will allow charter schools to siphon off regional school millage dollars approved by voters. In response, state Rep. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) issued the following statement:

“Millages are decided by the local municipalities, and it is the decision of those taxpayers where the funds go. Management companies that decided to operate in the education space knew the risk when they started their schools. Legislators should not step in and decide how school millages should be distributed. In the interest of local control and strong public schools, I voted no on Senate Bill 574.”