The recommended budget was slightly different from a budget presented June 27. The school board approved an $81.3 million budget in that earlier meeting, which the County Budget Committee declined July 8 to pass over to the full County Commission.
The lack of raises for teachers and other state employees, a $120 million cut in state spending for teacher assistants, and the shifting of $10 million to vouchers for private schools were described by many as a backward move for a state once known for valuing public education.
Michigan’s governor on July 15 appointed a seasoned financial guru to run Detroit’s ailing public school district, a move that many observers hailed as a saving grace for the city's classrooms in decline. Three days later, Detroit filed for bankruptcy.
After nearly two hours of joint interviews conducted by the Marblehead School Committee and the Board of Selectmen, William Ackerman was appointed to fill the vacancy on the School Committee. Ackerman, 46, is replacing former Chair EuRim Chun, who submitted her resignation, effective June 30, after ongoing tensions among committee members.
The communities of Buena Vista and Inkster today became the first that will see their school systems dissolved under a new law after local officials missed a 5 p.m. deadline to find money to help operate next school year.
Seven Chicago Public Schools that seemed doomed to go away in a record round of school closings won a last-minute reprieve in May that felt, said parents. But now an uncertainty has set in about what the upcoming school year could look like, given budget cuts at some of those schools.