The massive restructuring plan was announced last Friday and will see the city's biggest district shrinking by 20%.
Forty-seven of the district's 232 school buildings would close this summer and five more by summer 2008 if the Detroit Board of Education approves the plan in late February.
Superintendent William Coleman III told those assembled at Spain Elementary/Middle School; "We set the stage for another state takeover of the Detroit Public Schools," he said, referring to the 1999 state takeover. "Now we have to pay the price for our previous avoidance of right-sizing the district."
This plan could see the shuffling of many students from one are to another which would harm the learning process. the move is predicted to save the city almost $20 million a year.
Closing schools is an emotional issue, and the coming weeks likely will be filled with packed meetings and protests from parents, students and alumni who want to save their schools.
This is bad news for the education system in the U.S.
w. references from detnews.com