IRON RIVER, Mich. - A school consultant predicted that about 200 Michigan public schools will be in the red by the year 2011 due to reduced state funding, according to an article in the Iron County Reporter.

Rick Kent, a consultant who worked with the West Iron County Schools to bring spending in line with revenue in the coming year, told the school board to expect a $500- to $800 per-student reduction by 2011, according to the Reporter. In West Iron schools, that would equal half a million to $800,000 less in revenue.

Thirty schools are currently operating under a deficit elimination plan, according to Kent, the Reporter said.

Kent also said that funding for early childhood programs is "back on track," according to the Reporter.

Iron County Reporter, "West Iron still eyeing state aid cuts," Aug. 26, 2009

Michigan Education Report, "Detroit not the only school district seeing red," June 30, 2008