In this morning's news: Flint budget, Ann Arbor schools, Detroit schools
City of Flint to recover tax money
The city of Flint has found a new source of income in the effort to balance the budget. Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody reports that around six thousand Flint residents paid their federal income taxes, but did not pay city income taxes. This may allow the Flint to collect around a million dollars in back taxes.
Michigan ACLU sues Ann Arbor Public Schools
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a suit against Ann Arbor Public Schools because of its intent to charge tuition for a seventh class. With the current plan, Ann Arbor high school students must pay $100 for a seventh-period elective class. Kary Moss of the ACLU says “it creates a two-tiered system of education. Not only for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, but many other students won't be able to afford the seventh hour."
Detroit Schools get annual report card
Excellent Schools Detroit has released its annual report card for the school system. Out of more than two hundred schools, twenty-five percent scored a C+ or better. Many of these higher-ranked schools are new and “fresh-start” schools, which has officials optimistic about the future of the district.