LANSING — Teachers in three financially troubled school districts in Michigan may not have jobs this fall, but this may not be due to a lack of spending.
The Associated Press reported that the districts of Highland Park, Detroit and Muskegon Heights were facing teacher layoffs and being considered to be taken over by charter operators.
However, these three districts rank among the highest in the state for per-pupil spending.
In 2010-11, for example, Highland Park spent $19,634 per pupil on operating expenses to top the state in spending, Detroit ranked fifth at $15,884 and Muskegon Heights was seventh at $15,135.
Despite the high spending, these districts were among the 48 in the state that were in deficit for 2010-11.