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Detroit's Plan to Close Half Its Schools? Now They're Turning Them Into Charters

The beleaguered school system plans to turn 41 campuses over to charter organizations. The thing is, they're not any better than public schools.

Remember Detroit Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb's plan shut down half the city's public schools over the next two years and raise remaining class sizes to 60 students in order to address a $327 million budget deficit? Well, now Bobb has a new strategy he's calling "Renaissance Plan 2012," and with it, he hopes to turn 41 of Detroit's schools over to charter school operators.

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That Plan to Close Half of Detroit's Schools? It's Really Happening

Paging Eminem: Michigan just approved the insane plan to shut schools and raise class sizes in the Motor City to 60 students.


Eminem's acclaimed Super Bowl advertisement for Chrysler told the world that despite what you've heard, Detroit is making a comeback. Tell that to the city's children, because the State of Michigan has sounded the death knell for Detroit Public Schools. DPS's Emergency Financial Manager (EFM), Robert Bobb, has received approval for his plan to shut down half of the city's public schools over the next two years, raising remaining school class sizes to 60 students. The decision could be the tipping point that pushes Michigan into Wisconsin-style protesting.

Bobb's solution addresses a $327 million budget deficit and will reduce the current 142 schools in the district down to 72 by the 2012-13 school year. The plan will likely drive more families out of the Detroit, setting up a domino effect of even more financial problems for the schools.

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Half of Detroit's Schools May Close

Financial mismanagement and declining enrollment are ringing a death knell for Detroit's schools.


Financial mismanagement and declining enrollment are ringing a death knell for Detroit's schools. According to Detroit Public School Emergency Manager Robert Bobb, to close a $327 million budget deficit, he'll need to shut half of the city's campuses over the next two years.

Under the plan, the 142 current schools in the district would be reduced to 72 by the 2012-13 school year. What will happen to the students attending those schools? Bobb plans to shift them over to the remaining campuses, raising class sizes to 62 students per teacher.

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