Michigan school finances

9:03 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

State Superintendent says countywide school systems could be answer to financially troubled districts

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Mike Flanagan says millions can be saved through consolidation, but skeptics want to see proof
With a record number of school districts sinking into a deficit and two districts possibly on their way to being dissolved, State Superintendent Mike Flanagan is urging drastic action - including a plan to convert Michigan's nearly 550 districts, 56 intermediate districts and nearly 280 charter schools to countywide school districts.
7:35 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Snyder signs bills paving the way for closing two school districts

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Governor says future of Buena Vista and Inskter Schools will be decided in "days, not months"
LANSING - The Buena Vista and Inkster school districts are preparing for the worst - closing before the school year even begins. The districts' demises have been years in the making as the number of students and finances in the two cities have been on a steady decline.
6:10 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Legislation to dissolve insolvent Michigan school districts close to final approval

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Changes in the Senate must be approved in House before going to Governor Snyder
The bills, which narrowly passed on a 20-18 vote, would give the authority to dissolve a financially insolvent school district that has between 300 and 2,400 students.
7:09 am
Fri June 7, 2013

State education officials say record number of Michigan districts are operating under deficit

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State Superintendent Michael Flanagan says he would like authority to dissolve districts that aren't emerging from defecit
It's not just urban school districts, like Detroit, Ecorse and Pontiac, that are operating with deficits, state School Superintendent Mike Flanagan told legislators Thursday morning. Fifty-five districts, including Mt. Clemens, Brighton, Pickney and White Cloud, are spending more money than they're taking in and are subject to state review.