Detroit Ordered to Close Half its Schools

Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 08:51 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Michigan state education officials have ordered the immediate closing of half of Detroit’s public schools, swelling high school class sizes to 60 students and consolidating operations, The Detroit News reports.

bobb, detroit, scool, closingsRobert Bobb, the school district's emergency financial manager, said he is meeting with Detroit city officials and will set up a meeting with the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency to discuss consolidation opportunities in areas such as finance, public safety, transportation, and other areas, The News reported Monday.

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].”



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