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.”