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Detroit school board member vows to fight Snyder's plans. Gov.

Detroit school board member vows to fight Snyder's plans

Rick Snyder's expected education proposal sparked a packed house at Thursday's Detroit Public Schools board meeting — and a pledge from one board member to fight it. "Between May and June, we'll have to take drastic action," LaMar Lemmons said during the meeting at the Fisher Building. The governor is planning to unveil an education proposal next week that would address Detroit Public Schools' massive debt and the city's fragmented public education landscape. One key component, sources say, calls for splitting the district in two: an "old" entity to pay off the debt using revenue from an existing tax and a "new" entity focused on teaching kids. Lemmons, part of a 36-member Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren, said he and other coalition members were briefed on some details of the proposal Thursday by the coalition's leaders, who met with Snyder earlier this week.

The 47,500-student DPS has an annual deficit of just under $170 million. School Supplies on a Budget. At the Verona Area (Wis.)

School Supplies on a Budget

School District, administrators, teachers and parents have recently faced an increasingly common challenge: continuing to provide essential school supplies to their 4,500 students despite $1.1 million in budget cuts. Increasingly dependent on funding from parents, the district has raised dozens of school fees for various student activities and added many items to the required school supply lists sent home every year. In addition to the traditional notebooks and writing tools, parents are also asked to purchase additional items, including plastic bags, disinfecting wipes, paper cups and hand sanitizer. Verona schools are also asking for parent donations of art supplies and copy paper, and even extra funds, which the district can spend on specific supply needs. "It all adds up," says Necia Bray, mother of two elementary students. Ambiguous Policies Bridging the Supply Gap Supply Costs Increase Suspending Sales Taxes.

Education Funding Drops In More Than Half Of States. The recession's impact on American education has not yet dissipated, as more than half of states are slashing their education budgets this year.

Education Funding Drops In More Than Half Of States

Most States Still Funding Schools Less Than Before the Recession. States are providing less per-pupil funding for kindergarten through 12th grade than they did seven years ago — often far less.

Most States Still Funding Schools Less Than Before the Recession

The reduced levels reflect primarily the lingering effects of the 2007-09 recession. At a time when states and the nation need workers with the skills to master new technologies and adapt to the complexities of a global economy, this decline in state educational investment is cause for concern. Study: Michigan's K-12 spending 9.5 percent below pre-recession levels. Michigan is spending 9.5 percent less per student in the 2014-15 school year than it did in the year before the 2008 economic downturn that brought the Great Recession, according to a study released Thursday.

Study: Michigan's K-12 spending 9.5 percent below pre-recession levels

A new study shows K-12 foundation funding is still 9.5 percent below pre-recession levels in Michigan.File photo The report is from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-partisan research and policy institute that studies fiscal policies and public programs affecting low- and moderate-income Americans.

Its study shows that the K-12 per pupil foundation grant from the state is $615 less per student, when adjusted for inflation, in the fiscal year 2015. That number does not take into account local funding for schools, instead only focusing on state aid. The 9.5 percent decrease in funding from the fiscal year 2008 is also adjusted for inflation. Detroit Public Schools 'neglecting' its students at $14K per pupil. Many Michigan schools are in financial turmoil. School districts around Michigan are facing money problems.

Many Michigan schools are in financial turmoil

Between losing students, having to contribute more to the teacher pension system and other growing costs, many districts are in a world of hurt. It’s essential that they approach their financial problem in a way that will safeguard students’ education. The sooner they start addressing these problems head on, the better chance they’ll have to avoid too much state interference.

There were 56 school systems in Michigan with deficit operating budgets at the end of fiscal year 2014. Michigan School District Revenue and Expenditure Report [Mackinac Center] Detroit Public Schools Budget: Cuts, Cuts, Cuts. This story has been updated.

Detroit Public Schools Budget: Cuts, Cuts, Cuts

Detroit Public Schools officials released the district's proposed 2012 budget Thursday, a plan rife with cuts and changes. All DPS employees will take a 10 percent salary hit in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012, and, like public workers throughout Michigan, will be expected to contribute more to their benefits plan. Language about recruiting new teachers stresses hiring from external pools such as Teach for America. Beyond the pay cuts, the district is also eliminating 853 positions, reducing its head count by roughly 8.5 percent. Administrative personnel cuts include 12 principals, 36 assistant principals, 40 guidance counselors, 18 clerical staffers and 43 central office supervisors. According to the district, the cuts are part of a plan to streamline education and reroute 90 percent of funding to the classroom. Division of Finance - Detroit Public Schools. DPS is focused on creating a culture of excellence that permeates our system of schools.

Division of Finance - Detroit Public Schools

Budget and Salary/Compensation Transparency Reporting - Detroit Public Schools. Fiscal Year 2014–2015 Budget Projection Fiscal Year 2014–2015 Budget Projection.

Budget and Salary/Compensation Transparency Reporting - Detroit Public Schools