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Senate leader does not want MI right-to-work

By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network

LANSING, MI –

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says he does not want school reform proposals in Lansing to go too far to expand schools of choice. He says he does not think many Republicans would support a mandate on districts to open their doors to students from outside the area.

"If you're in a certain school district and pay taxes to support that school district and have representation on that school board, to then say Hey, if you live in a different district and pay a different tax rate, and are not on our school board, but you can send your kids over here,' we think that that causes some problems," he says.

Richardville says he would consider a proposal that expands the option of offering schools of choice, but does not make them mandatory for all districts.

Richardville appeared on public television's "Off the Record."

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