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More Michigan school districts dealing with red ink

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

More Michigan school districts are dealing with a deficit. 

The numbers comes from a quarterly report filed by the State Superintendent’s office with the state legislature.

Fifty five school districts are now required to file deficit elimination plans with the state. That’s up from 48 last year. 

There’s actually been a lot of movement on and off the list. A dozen schools districts successfully eliminated their budget deficits in 2014, but another 21 fell into the red. 

Among the districts in financial trouble is the Education Achievement Authority, which was created by the state to turn around failing schools. According to the report, the EAA’s deficit is $472,258. 

Other districts are in far worse financial straits. 

According to the report:

The Detroit Public Schools’ deficit has grown to $169.4 million.  

The Flint school district’s deficit is $21,964,181. The report comments, “The deficit situation continues to deteriorate”, noting the Flint school district’s deficit has doubled in the past year.     

Among the other districts on the list:

Benton Harbor

Brighton Area Schools

Mt. Clemens





Highland Park

Warren Consolidated

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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