Michigan orders DPS to make huge cuts
Jennifer Chambers / The Detroit News
Via Detroit News, swift and severe changes are coming to Detroit Public Schools. State education officials have ordered Robert Bobb, the District’s Emergency Financial Planner, 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. In a letter, Mike Flanagan, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, 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.
The Socialist Equality Party also stated, “To fight for its interests, including the defense and expansion of public education, workers throughout the city, across the country and around the world must unite on the basis of their independent class interests.”
Notice how it’s all for the children, I mean class interests. Both Wisconsin and Detroit (as well as many other districts across the US) need a major financial overhaul to be sustainable in the long run. I pray Governor Walker can lead the fight to help change the system throughout the Country. Otherwise, we are bound to continue clashing and living beyond our means.