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January 10, 2014

Dissolve Local School Districts with Care

Reflecting on the recent dissolutions of the Buena Vista and Inkster public school districts, the Detroit News cautions state officials, acting under a new law, to take heed of problems created when the state considers future dissolutions.  These concerns were the subject of  CRC’s recent report, School District Dissolutions, and highlighted in the Detroit News’ opinion piece.  The paper recommends that the state should proceed with caution and reserve the new law’s authority for extreme emergencies only.

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Craig Thiel

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Craig is the Research Council’s Research Director and primary researcher of education and school finance issues. Prior to becoming Research Director, Craig served as the Director of State Affairs and as a Senior Research Associate. During his graduate school studies, he worked for the Council as a Lent Upson-Loren Miller Fellow from 1993 to 1995. Before joining the Council in 2006, Craig worked for ten years as a fiscal analyst at both the Senate Fiscal Agency and the House Fiscal Agency. Before his time with the Michigan Legislature, Craig served as a Governor’s Management Intern in the Department of State, Office of Policy and Planning from 1995 to 1997. Craig began his working career with the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago in 1991.

Dissolve Local School Districts with Care

Reflecting on the recent dissolutions of the Buena Vista and Inkster public school districts, the Detroit News cautions state officials, acting under a new law, to take heed of problems created when the state considers future dissolutions.  These concerns were the subject of  CRC’s recent report, School District Dissolutions, and highlighted in the Detroit News’ opinion piece.  The paper recommends that the state should proceed with caution and reserve the new law’s authority for extreme emergencies only.

Research Director

About The Author

Craig Thiel

Research Director

Craig is the Research Council’s Research Director and primary researcher of education and school finance issues. Prior to becoming Research Director, Craig served as the Director of State Affairs and as a Senior Research Associate. During his graduate school studies, he worked for the Council as a Lent Upson-Loren Miller Fellow from 1993 to 1995. Before joining the Council in 2006, Craig worked for ten years as a fiscal analyst at both the Senate Fiscal Agency and the House Fiscal Agency. Before his time with the Michigan Legislature, Craig served as a Governor’s Management Intern in the Department of State, Office of Policy and Planning from 1995 to 1997. Craig began his working career with the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago in 1991.

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