- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan’s education chief has told lawmakers in Lansing that a number of the 56 school districts in the state with budget deficits are expected to be out of the red or cut into them this year.

MLive.com and the Detroit Free Press report that Superintendent Mike Flanagan said Thursday that 19 districts are expected to wipe out deficits.

The state-controlled Detroit Public Schools and 26 other districts are projected to reduce them by June.

Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed giving $100 million to public school districts for at-risk students. Flanagan said that would help address chronic deficits in those districts.

Flanagan also says that opening new charters should be halted because too many school options are being offered at a time when some districts can’t stabilize enrollment.

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