BRIGHTON, Mich. - Students in Brighton will have to pay to play sports and a program to identify students with learning disabilities was cut as the school board attempts to correct a $2 million overspending crisis for the 2008-2009 budget, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"School districts are labor-intensive," board President William Anderson told the Free Press. "Our labor costs are about 90 percent of our budget. What's been spiraling out of control is benefits."

SOURCE:
Detroit Free Press, "Brighton whittles at school deficit," Aug. 17, 2008

FURTHER READING:
Michigan Education Digest, "Brighton agrees to teacher contract it can't afford,"
April 29, 2008

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