First day of school in Detroit 2026

Apr 21, 2016 by

Detroit public schools will close soon unless Lansing writes another big check

Greg McNeilly

Ten years after the Michigan Legislature voted to establish the highly controversial Detroit Education Commission, an estimated 14,260 students found seats in their classrooms in the Detroit Public Schools, as the morning bell rang in the new school year.

How long the buildings stay open this fall depends on the latest DPS bailout proposals working their way through the state Legislature, as teachers face payless paydays as early as next month.

Casting a further shadow over the start of the 2026 DPS school year was the high rate of turnover among school principals, after a federal probe led this summer to the indictment of more than a dozen heads of school and administrators on bribery and embezzlement charges in connection with a scheme that bilked the district of an estimated $2.4 million.

Source: McNeilly: First day of school in Detroit 2026

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