Record number of Michigan districts operating under budget deficit

Friday, June 7, 2013

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.

It’s the largest number of deficit-ridden schools the state’s seen, Flanagan said.

“Some may have experienced an enrollment decline over the summer, or maybe you don’t have a good financial person," Flanagan said. "Sometimes there are boards that don’t want to make the tough decisions and they have assumptions in their budgets that just aren’t reasonable.”

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