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."

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

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