DPS overspending pegged at $408 million for 2009

DETROIT, Mich. - Detroit Public Schools could cut 1,400 staff members in an attempt to solve a $408 million overspending issue in the fiscal 2009 budget, according to The Detroit News.

DPS enrollment is expected to drop to about 98,300 students when classes resume in the fall, The News reported. That is down from 167,000 students in 1999-2000. The number of teachers during that time span has fallen from 8,600 to 6,300. About 800 teachers could be included in any staff reductions.

The Detroit News, "Detroit schools' layoff target balloons to 1,400," June 21, 2008

Michigan Education Report, "DPS loses 12,000 students, $90 million in revenue," April 22, 2008