When a school district overspends, it is required to submit a plan to the Michigan Department of Education detailing how it will get out of the red ink. On Aug. 20, the MDE release this statement about Detroit Public Schools most recent Deficit Elimination Plan:

“It’s important that Detroit Public Schools continues to receive sufficient State Aid as the district works through its longer-term financing options. Having an approved Deficit Elimination Plan is a component in that process."

In the approval letter from State Superintendent Mike Flanagan, it stipulates that “if the agreements with employees or other strategies included in the approved DEP are not implemented or do not result in the projected savings, the district must immediately reduce expenditures in other areas in order to meet the level of deficit reduction included in the approved DEP.”

For the Record says: Detroit Public Schools have been overspending for seven consecutive years going back to 2007-08. Its overspending crisis has grown the past two years from $76.3 million to $120.3 million per year.

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Renting out the family summer cottage is a common practice in Michigan, and with today’s technologies, it’s easier than ever, empowered by services like AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO and more. These short-term rentals mean vacationers can find a place much more easily and inexpensively, while owners can earn some extra money. It seems like a win-win. Not everyone agrees. Some in the accommodations and tourism industries aren’t happy with the increased competition and are advocating for limiting people’s rights to rent out their homes. Some homeowner associations are pushing back as well. And while cities like Detroit and Grand Rapids have mostly embraced home sharing, some local governments have restricted and even banned the practice.

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