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Michigan's system of 550 public school districts could save millions with consolidations, but what do we lose?

Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press Dave Murray

School consolidation often raises eyebrows. But being true to our schools comes with a price, and it runs in the millions of dollars.

Michigan has 550 public districts — and about 550 superintendents, business managers and transportation directors. Trim that management layer, erase district boundaries and recast administration around county lines, and state taxpayers save $612 million a year after three years — all without closing a school or losing one high school mascot.

That sounds pretty good in tough economic times.

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Federal Money Coming Our Way

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Is there anyone who knows of any high school who has a co-principalship? I am curious to see how they split their reponsiblities and duties.

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Schools Show Improvement on AYP

According to the Department of Education, 95 percent of all public school districts in the state achieved federal adequate yearly progress (AYP) targets while some 86 percent of the state’s K-12 public school buildings reached their goals as well. With State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan saying the annual report shows progress is being made—while insisting “we can’t rest until all Michigan children are equipped with the skills they need to compete in a global economy”—the state released the Education YES!

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Right To Sue

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