Abandoned Middle School | Detroit, Michigan

The problems plaguing Detroit, Michigan’s public schools are not new. In 2009, the first unelected emergency manager, Robert Bobb, was appointed to run the city’s schools, which were burdened by a $259 million budget deficit and declining enrollment. The shocking state of the city’s public schools was put into the national spotlight in 2011, with Bobb’s controversial decision to shutter half the city’s schools to cut the deficit. According to the Detroit Public Schools website, the budget deficit is $46.5 million, but the district is also facing $515 million in legal liabilities. In his State of the State address on Tuesday night, Governor Snyder asked the state legislature to split the district in two and warned that bankruptcy could be on the horizon. (source)



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