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Michigan Public Schools Deal with a 'New Normal'

Schoolchildren walking to school.
Schoolchildren walking to school.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Michigan public schools are open, most of them working with fewer teachers, declining enrollments and lower paid employees. 

In Kalamazoo, where student enrollment is up because of The Promise, Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice and his staff still had to trim $8 million from the budget.

Portage has flat enrollment and Superintendent Dr. Ric Perry said they have also had to make cuts mostly by asking staff for concessions and classes are bigger.  They are still negotiating an agreement for teachers.

In Detroit, Emergency Financial Manager Roy Roberts went on an inspection tour, to try to get Detroit parents to enroll their children in the district that has seen a shrinking enrollment over the past several years. 

DPS officials are bracing for a reduction of nearly 8,000 students this year.