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Thu June 21, 2012
DPS budget projects surplus, job cuts, enrollment decline
Detroit Public Schools officials say they expect to end this fiscal year with a $12 million surplus. Meanwhile, the district's proposed budget for next year projects the loss of about 15,000 students, and about 1,900 jobs.
Detroit Public Schools is preparing to shrink next year as 15 schools become part of the Educational Achievement Authority. That's the new statewide system for failing schools.
Steve Wasko is a spokesman for Detroit Public Schools. He says the job cuts are not as alarming as they might sound.
"It's not necessarily a net loss of education jobs, public education jobs, public teacher jobs in the city of Detroit - in public schools in the city of Detroit, but a shift that we knew was coming for some time," said Wasko.
A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for next Wednesday.