LANSING, Mich. — Senator Coleman A. Young II (D-Detroit) issued the following statement in response to today’s proposed plan by House Republicans about how to fix Detroit Public Schools:

“Our GOP colleagues in the House can’t see the forest for the trees. These bills do nothing to enhance the academic performance of our students. Their plan says they’re helping kids by giving them a quality education, but it does so by punishing our children’s best advocates —their teachers. It’s disgraceful.

“Reducing teacher benefits and stripping their first amendment rights will not help attract new talent to Detroit — quite the opposite. And although fiscal solvency is important, the GOP plan fails to address the real problems the Detroit Public School System faces, including state control, poor wraparound services, overcrowding, crumbling buildings and teacher shortages. It’s important that we tackle those problems with innovative, rather than punitive, solutions.

“We have to put these schools back into the hands of Detroiters who understand their communities’ needs.”