Detroit Announces School Closings and Teacher Layoffs

detroit-public-schoolsThe times just keep getting tougher for Detroit. In a statement released Thursday, the district announced it planned to close 23 schools and layoff 600 teachers in an effort to close the gap on a more than $300 million defecit. The 195-school district is struggling. Enrollment is down by about half since the 1990s, probably in part due to a struggling auto industry forcing families out of the city. The district has been deemed to be in a state of financial emergency by Robert Bobb, a financial overseer put in place by the governor after the superintendent was let go in December.

What does this mean for the students? About 7,500 students will be re-organized to different schools.

So far, the plan seems to be well-received by the parties involved, including the Detroit Federation of Teachers and Michigan Department of Education. Town hall meetings are being scheduled with Bobb through early May to discuss the proposal. Layoffs and closings will be announced during the summer break.

Source: Yahoo News








4 Responses to “Detroit Announces School Closings and Teacher Layoffs”

  1. KingofthePaupers says:

    Jct: They should borrow enough “Detroit Cheers” dollars to pay all their teachers and expenses which can be used by Detroit residents to pay the taxation for their schools. Another great use for the Detroit Cheers community currency. Everybody would take Cheers if everyone could pay for their children’s education with them.
    OR
    When Argentina’s government workers were faced with cuts, their unions talked 6 state governments into paying them with small-denomination state bonds which could be used to pay for state services and taxes and which everyone accepted as useful currency. Too bad these 600 teachers can’t convince Detroit to let them take bond money too.

    Either way, there is insufficient Federal Reserve money so you’d better set up your own local money fast.
    Best of all, when the local currency is pegged to the Time Standard of Money (how many dollars/hour child labor) Hours earned locally can be intertraded with other timebanks globally!
    In 1999, I paid for 39/40 nights in Europe with an IOU for a night back in Canada worth 5 Hours.
    U.N. Millennium Declaration UNILETS Resolution C6 to governments is for a time-based currency to restructure the global financial architecture.


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