CHICAGO -- The Detroit Public Schools are waging a solitary battle to pass a mammoth $1.5 billion bond referendum that has failed to win the support of business, civic, or government leaders just weeks before the Nov. 8 election.

The school administration wants voters to approve the issuance of $1.5 billion of general obligation debt to repair 146 crumbling school buildings and construct 14 additional facilities. The debt would be repaid with revenues raised over a nearly 45-year period through a series of property tax increases.

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