Michigan Schools Still Face Deep Cuts Next Fall 5-23-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Michigan Schools Still Face Deep Cuts Next Fall 5-23-2011

Michigan school districts are scrambling to spare themselves some of the deep cuts coming to public education next fall.
The districts face cuts of $470 per student, but they could shrink that by $100 if they meet several conditions. Among them are contracting out some services or getting teachers to pay for 10 percent of their health care premiums.
It's expected most of the state's districts would qualify for the $100.
However, school districts already are laying off teachers to make up for the lost funds. Saginaw Public Schools announced last week it's making cuts across the board. In all, 65 teachers, 36 service employees, nine educational support staff, six secretaries, six administrators and five bus drivers could receive pink slips.
The state will alleviate some of their pension costs. But many school districts also will lose money they had received in the past to make early elementary school classes smaller, teach bilingual education and to offer other services.
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