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Whitmer travels to Benton Harbor to resume talks on schools

July 9, 2019
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks with reporters at a budget briefing on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at the Romney Building in Lansing, Mich. The Democrat says the Republican-led Legislature should not have begun a summer break without a budget deal or an agreement to spend more to fix the roads. (AP Photo/David Eggert)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has traveled to Benton Harbor for a second time to meet with school board members to discuss how to potentially avoid closing the city’s high schools.

The Detroit News reported Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and Benton Harbor Area School board leaders met Tuesday afternoon to discuss future steps after the school board last week rejected her revised plan that would require the high schools to close in 2020 if the district didn’t meet certain academic and financial benchmarks such as improving students’ performance on the state-required tests.

Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown and board President Steve Mitchell said in a joint statement “the lines of communication are open among all parties and we look forward to future discussions to identify a solution that puts Benton Harbor students first.”

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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