29 Detroit schools to be closed in the fall

May 12, 2009 5:31:12 PM PDT
The emergency financial manager for the Detroit Public Schools says 29 schools will be closed next fall as the district works to trim a deficit topping $300 million. Robert Bobb said Tuesday that the closings will save the district $14 million annually beginning with the 2010-2011 budget. He said 40 other schools will be restructured.

The announcement comes after weeks of study by Bobb and several community meetings. He says improving student achievement is the "No. 1 goal."

Bobb says changes may include contracting with private management, converting to charter schools or changing staff. Bobb was appointed by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm in January to assume all financial authority in the district.

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