Ypsilanti considers lawsuit over state funding

YPSILANTI, Mich. - Projecting a budget that overspends revenue by $5.4 million in 2009-2010, Ypsilanti Public Schools will lobby state legislators and investigate suing the state over what it considers inadequate public school funding in Michigan, The Ann Arbor News reported.

At a public forum Monday, school board President David Bates said the district is attempting to raise awareness about its efforts, according to The News. Audience members, including some from other districts, suggested that schools work together and present Lansing lawmakers with ideas for solutions.

"We don't want to go up just whining and complaining, we need to go up there with solutions and suggestions," said Tulani Smith, an Ypsilanti school administrator.

The Ann Arbor News, "Ypsilanti leads school rebellion," Oct. 21, 2008

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