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City of Detroit Closing Half Their Schools, Hoping Bankruptcy Judge Doesn’t Negotiate Teacher Pay

Lansing— Swift and severe changes are coming to Detroit Public Schools.

State education officials have ordered Robert Bobb, the emergency financial manager, to immediately implement a financial restructuring plan that balances the district’s books by closing half of its schools, swelling high school class sizes to 60 students and consolidating operations.

Bobb also is preparing a list of recommended school closures and Friday said layoff discussions are under way and would be announced closer to April, when notices would be issued. “We are moving forward with the plan,” he said “Right now my focus is on my transition plan and the DEP (deficit elimination plan).”

In the letter, Flanagan said the Michigan Department of Education gave preliminary approval to Bobb’s plan to bring the 74,000-student district out of its financial emergency. As a condition of approval, Flanagan said Bobb cannot declare the district in bankruptcy during the remainder of his contract.

Detroit looking at closing half the public schools. If Bobb declares bankruptcy for the school district, bankruptcy judge negotiations teacher pensions with pennies on the dollars. Wisconsin public employees take note. Belt tightening now coming to public employees.

  

  

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