Schoolhouse Beat

Detroit school district debt grows

The Detroit school district compiled an additional $18.7 million in debt from July through September after its plan to boost enrollment failed, and it spent above budgeted amounts on security, transportation and maintenance. The Detroit News reports that although the district reported an enrollment increase at some of its general admission high schools, student numbers overall are down. For the district's first fiscal quarter of 2013-14, the district experienced a $7.4 million revenue shortfall after its student count came in at 48,800, about 2,200 under its budgeted amount. The district also spent $10.5 million more than it had planned on certain expenditures and lost $743,448 in other funding. The Detroit school system has been under state control since 2009, when its deficit reached $327 million.

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