Education: Struggle to Survive

"We have just discovered the death of the school system, and we don't want to recognize it," Detroit School Board Member Darneau Stewart lamented.

Virtually all of the nation's urban schools are in sad financial shape, but perhaps no major city school system was closer to bankruptcy last week than Detroit's. The fourth largest in the country, with 290,000 pupils, 65% of whom are black, Detroit has already been judged educationally inadequate by state officials. The system suffered a $38 million deficit this year, and if next year's projected $272 million budget is...

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