Today In WTF News: Half Of Detroit’s Schools Are Closing


GangStarr Girl | February 22, 2011 - 3:13 pm

So…the city that is working toward raising money to construct a Robocop statue will be closing 50% of its schools. This means that the average high school class size will increase to 60 students.

Via Huffington PostState education officials have ordered the emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools to immediately implement a plan that balances the district’s books by closing half its schools.

The Detroit News says the financial restructuring plan will increase high school class sizes to 60 students and consolidate operations.

State superintendent of public instruction Mike Flanagan says in a Feb. 8 letter that the state plans to install another financial manager who must continue to implement Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb’s plan after he leaves June 30. Flanagan’s said approval of Bobb’s plan means the district can’t declare bankruptcy.

Bobb filed his deficit elimination plan with the state in January, saying it would wipe out the district’s $327 million deficit by 2014.

Bobb was hired in March 2009 by then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Any one else notice that whenever there’s a budget crisis, they’ll close a school before they do a prison? Smh.