Detroit Moves to Shut Schools
51 of 232 Buildings Suggested for Closure
Detroit has been losing students faster than any other urban school district in the nation. Now it is poised to shrink even more, under a plan announced this month to shut down 51 schools by the middle of 2008.
With 54,000 empty seats and 642 vacant classrooms in a portfolio of 232 buildings, officials of the Detroit school district say they can no longer avoid the painful and politically vexing process of closing schools.
The district has been struggling to whittle down a $200 million budget shortfall carried over from the 2004-05 school year that triggered a state-imposed, five-year deficit-reduction plan. The district’s...
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