Detroit schools' plan seeks to boost enrollment, academics

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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Public Schools district plans to open a Montessori program and a dual-language Arabic technical school as part of an effort to boost enrollment and academic achievement.

The Detroit Free Press reports the proposals are part of a financial and operating plan released Monday by retired federal judge Steven Rhodes, who was appointed this year to oversee the troubled district that's been under state oversight since 2009.

Rhodes says in a statement that the plan, which has been delivered to the state, is a step toward improving the district's finances. He says there's $515 million in legacy debt, but the pace of enrollment losses has slowed and no school closings are planned for the 2016-17 school year.

A public meeting about the plan is May 10.



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