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    Most people in the state of Michigan are aware of the sad state of school finance. We all know cuts need to take place, priorities need to be identified, and tough decisions have to be made. Places like Oak Park schools, faced with a 7.1 million dollar budget shortfall, have been taking recommendations from special committees about which schools they should close in order to decrease the budget gap. The committee's recommendations may or may not be taken into considreation when the final deciosons are made. Some Oak Park residents feel that school closings are not the way to solve the problem, other avenues should be explored. Whether or not schools end up closing, for Oak Park's 4000 students and hundreds of faculty, the final decision is going to be tough. Oak Park board to hear recommendations for school closures

    . The city of Detroit, after decades of decline and failure, is taking this problem and making it an opportunity to change, modernize, and improve their schools and their city. An ambitious school system plan, coupled with multiple other city improvement plans, has a $1 billion price tag, will close 55 school building by 2012 (mostly from areas with population decline), build or renevate 70 buildings by 2020 (35 are to be charter schools), and increase standards so that 90% of students graduate and 90% of graduates go to higher education institutions. The city is also planning the following changes: renovation of the old MGM Grand to replace antiquated Police Station, builiding a light rail train connecting downtown, demolition of abandoned buildings all over the city, the creation and implementation of urban agriculture, renovation or replacement of sports and hospital facilities, a proposed second span to Canada, creation of a world-class airport, and finally the resotration and expansion of River Walk and the Fairgrounds. Big Plans for the City of Detroit

    6 Detroit schools, scheduled for closure in June, have been pleading with emergency manager Robert Bobb to keep their schools open. Robert Bobb says that he understand thins are hard, that closing schools will be difficult, but the numbers don't lie. There are 2,500 students in these 6 schools, but they were built for twice that many. Not to mention the over 300 million dollar budget shortfalls DPS is facing. 6 Schools Make a Case to Stay Open

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