1.) I have no idea.
2.) I myself, as a resident of southern Indiana, think that the states are ultimately going have to eliminate inefficent governmental units. I saw a recent Yahoo story that said about one-quarter of this country’s counties are dying. In Indiana, you can see several of those counties like Sullivan. No business or industry, little chance of getting any, the young people moving out in droves, and the old people howling about property taxes. Yet Sullivan County is supporting three schools, one of them one of the smallest in the state, largely because of basketball. I live in Greene County, which has a population of about 32,000 with little prospect of growth and hardly any industry, and yet we have five schools, once again so small towns can have their goddamn basketball.
I think the Indiana General Assembly should force consolidation of these small podunk schools (I wouldn’t send my dog to a lot of the rural schools in this state) and force consolidation of those dying counties. I think other states are going to have to do the same thing.
However, I would try to to this in the spirit of improving things in the state. I suspect the Michigan Republicans are going to go after the Detroit schools and city government. Something needs to be done about Detroit, of course, but if I was a Detroit teacher, I would be getting ready to hit the streets.
3.) If the Republicans confine their actions to Detroit, they may get away with it because if Michigan is like the rest of the Old Midwest, there is a bit of racism and let’s face it, Detroit needs major help. I don’t know what could be done, but something has to be done. As for the rest of the state, the Republicans may face a battle royale.