DPS to lose $4 million due to low attendance

DETROIT – Detroit Public Schools will have to repay the state $4.2 million after attendance fell below 75 percent on several target dates during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the Detroit Free Press.

DPS had expected to have to send the state about $21 million, the Free Press reported. The district actually failed to meet the 75 percent threshold on 46 days, and only 41 students attended the last day of school in June 2011. About 76,000 students are assigned to DPS, according to the Free Press.

SOURCE: Detroit Public Schools, “Poor student attendance costs DPS $4.2M,” June 12, 2012

FURTHER READING: Michigan Education Report, “State OKs DPS Plan to Close Half Its Schools," Feb. 22, 2011