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Sat Jun 29, 2019, 06:13 PM

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Benton Harbor reach tentative deal to save high school

State officials and the Benton Harbor School Board reached a tentative agreement to keep the cityís lone, academically struggling high school open, state officials said Wednesday.

The district must see its students improve academically while also paying down $18 million in debt under broad outlines of an agreement announced following a late-afternoon meeting in Lansing between school board members and officials of the office of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the state treasurerís office.

Details of the agreement werenít released, but Tiffany Brown, spokesperson for Governor Whitmer, confirmed the agreement would keep the high school open in exchange for Benton Harbor Public Schools agreeing to academic improvement goals and making progress on its debt.

ďThe State of Michiganís number one concern has been developing a plan that puts students first and improves outcomes for kids in the Benton Harbor District,Ē said a statement released by the governorís office.

Read more: https://www.bridgemi.com/talent-education/michigan-gov-gretchen-whitmer-benton-harbor-reach-tentative-deal-save-high-school

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