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Detroit Public Schools cancels pay cut for teachers

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DETROIT (WJBK) - Detroit Public Schools' Emergency Manager Jack Martin announced Tuesday he will cancel a planned 10 percent employee wage reduction that had been included in the district’s Deficit Elimination Plan.

He also announced he will not implement the proposed increase of class size.

Class sizes will remain at 25 for grades K-3 (which would not have been altered even under the previous plan), 33 for grades 4 and 5, and 38 for grades 6-12. Martin also noted that based on average daily attendance, DPS’ class size across the district last year averaged only 16 students.

To assist the District in covering the costs of rolling back these two strategies, DPS is proposing the extension of its Deficit Elimination Plan through 2021. At that time, not only will the deficit be eliminated, but the district will also be free of its legacy debt, which is currently at $53 million a year.

Some of the alternate strategies that are now being considered are: not filling budgeted vacant positions based on current vacancies and those that will come from attrition; further staff reductions through restructuring and process re-engineering efficiencies; potential additional layoffs of non-school-based employees; additional surplus real estate sales; continued, responsible expense reductions; and, the pursuit of additional grant funds. Teacher service will, however, be consistent with per-school student enrollment, Martin said.

The district also announced the number of newly enrolled high school students reached a three-year high, and increased by more than 50 percent from the 2012-13 school year. The Pre-Kindergarten program is also being expanded, bringing the total number of classrooms to 205.

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