By fall, the Detroit Public Schools will enroll 49,852 students, down from more than 160,000 students a decade ago, according to a proposed 2012-13 budget released by the district Thursday.
The 2013 budget will result in a surplus of about $11.9 million, achieved by increasing class sizes for grades four through twelve, cutting 1,889 positions and re-imposing a 10% wage cut on all employees except food service assistants. DPS will continue to pay on $500 million in longer-term loans the district accumulated in to cover past deficits.
The projected enrollment is part of a decade-long student population decline that has meant the closure of 175 DPS buildings due to competition for students with charters schools, inner ring suburbs and two unpopular state takeovers since 1999.
The projected enrollment decline also is due in part to the creation of the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan a new system created by DPS and Eastern Michigan University to takeover the lowest performing 5% schools in the state.