Detroit Public Schools emergency manager http://michiganradio.org en Detroit Public Schools to cut teachers' pay in upcoming school year http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-cut-teachers-pay-upcoming-school-year <p>Michigan education officials approved a plan by Detroit Public Schools to cut teachers' pay by 10%.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Superintendent Mike Flanagan announced today that he signed off on the district's five-year deficit elimination plan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Detroit Public School district has been in financial trouble for quite some time. </span>DPS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> currently has a $127 million deficit.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140820/SCHOOLS/308200061/Plan-cut-Detroit-schools-pay-by-10-percent-OK-d">The Detroit News’ Jennifer Chambers</a> reports that school closures are also part of the plan:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The pay cut, which will impact all teachers and administrators starting Oct. 1, came after the district was forced to make budget cuts to offset expected revenues from a failed countywide tax millage. The wage concession for teachers would generate $13.3 million in savings. District wide, the savings will be $21.1 million.</span></p></blockquote><p>The district’s financial plan also calls for the closure of 24 schools or buildings over four years, starting with the 2015-16 academic year.</p><p>In addition to the cuts, Chambers reports the state’s Local Financial Assistance Loan Board approved a plan that will allow DPS to borrow $111 million in state aid notes to pay its bills.</p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:16:25 +0000 Mark Brush 18793 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools to cut teachers' pay in upcoming school year This is bigger than the usual story of a free-spending administrator running amok http://michiganradio.org/post/bigger-usual-story-free-spending-administrator-running-amok <p>To the surprise of no one, John Covington resigned abruptly yesterday, with a year left on his expensive contract.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">He was the controversial head of Detroit’s controversial Education Achievement Authority, usually known as the </span>EAA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Both Covington and Gov. Rick Snyder insisted he wasn’t fired. This was clearly for appearances sake, and for appearances’ sake, both men are probably lucky they are not Pinocchio.</p><p>For the last year, there has been a steady stream of stories about problems with the authority, which was set up to run 15 of Detroit’s worst schools. Most recently, we learned that it has been spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel, sending administrators and teachers to a lot of expensive conferences.</p><p>The Detroit News revealed the authority spent $10,000 on gas for Covington’s chauffeur-driven car, money that could have been spent on teachers, computers and the classroom. So he is gone, and the people I know there won’t miss him.</p><p>But this has more importance than the usual story of one free-spending administrator running amok. And that is because Gov. Snyder wants to expand the EAA to at least 50 schools statewide. A bill that would allow that has passed the state House of Representatives, but hasn’t yet made it through the Senate. It should now be clear that they need to go slow.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:08:30 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18032 at http://michiganradio.org This is bigger than the usual story of a free-spending administrator running amok Open enrollment events scheduled at EAA schools in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/open-enrollment-events-scheduled-eaa-schools-detroit <p>DETROIT (AP) - Open enrollment events are scheduled this week at nine Education Achievement Authority schools in Detroit.<br /><br />Enrollment is going on for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade with welcome programs set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Phoenix, Burns and Nolan schools.<br /><br />Parents can tour the school buildings and classrooms, and meet staff.<br /><br />Events at the district's six high schools will begin at noon on Thursday.<br /> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 17:46:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16273 at http://michiganradio.org Open enrollment events scheduled at EAA schools in Detroit Detroit Public Schools leave federal oversight, gain 'incremental independence' http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-leave-federal-oversight-gain-incremental-independence <p>After five years, the Detroit Public Schools has<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131118/SCHOOLS/311180070/Detroit-schools-out-high-risk-status-after-5-years?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p"> been removed from “high-risk status.”</a></p><p>The Michigan Department of Education gave Detroit federal high-risk status in 2008, after a federal audit revealed some serious financial discrepancies amounting to about $53 million.</p><p>But the state says the district has put enough safeguards in place now to relax its monitoring.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 03:58:34 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15336 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools leave federal oversight, gain 'incremental independence' Detroit Public Schools enrollment up 14% in high schools http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-enrollment-14-high-schools <p>Detroit Public Schools is reporting a 14 percent increase in enrollment for students in grades 9-12. Overall enrollment is still down by two percent, but that's a smaller decrease than previous years.</p><p>According to numbers collected by the district on count day, nine of DPS's 19&nbsp; high schools saw an increase in students.</p><p>DPS launched an enrollment campaign over the summer in an effort to meet projections included in the district's budget. Despite enrollment increases in some high schools, DPS still didn't meet those goals.</p><p></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:34:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15093 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools enrollment up 14% in high schools