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January 24, 2007

Parents Sound Off on Detroit School Plan

Mark Hicks:

The reorganization is part of the district's controversial plan to shutter 47 schools this summer and five more during summer 2008 in a bid to save $19 million.

The struggling district lost nearly 12,600 students last fall after a teachers strike, and more than 50,000 have left in the last eight years. The district lists an enrollment of 116,800 students.
At Monday's forum, representatives from the district's consolidation team cited declining birth rates, competition from charter schools and the city's population loss as factors.

The decreases represent a natural phenomenon, said DPS's Jeffery Jones. "This is not unique to Detroit."

Posted by Jim Zellmer at January 24, 2007 6:24 AM
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