Board Member Paula Johnson explains her vote on school closures

Paula Johnson, Esq., one of the six members of the Detroit Board of Education who voted for the plan to close schools, issued the following statement:

“Last night, I proudly teamed up with five of my colleagues on the Detroit Board of Education to vote for a plan to close 34 buildings. This, I believe, is a significant step in making the educational opportunities offered by DPS first among equals. I’ve always believed that we need to close schools in order to become a more efficient and more fiscally responsible organization. This vote will move us closer to that goal, but more needs to be done.

“Indeed, I initially voted against the plan two weeks ago because I thought it required further study. I also thought it didn’t go far enough. I still do. But as we continue to confront a declining birth rate in the city, shrinking population and increased competition from charter schools and neighboring public school systems, we must ensure that our expenses match our revenues.”

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