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Robert Bobb Of Detroit Public Schools Discusses Cuts (VIDEO)

Detroit Public Schools

First Posted: 02/23/11 01:31 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:35 PM ET

The Detroit Public Schools system plans to close half of its schools, leaving classrooms bursting at the seams with 60 students each.

Robert Bobb, emergency financial manager, says he'll shut down 70 schools, leaving 72 open. And in order to help fill the $327 million budget gap, it's going to happen fast, he tells CNN.

"You know, we're going to anger more individuals...because I'm going to close somewhere between 20 -- maybe 40 schools -- within the next few months."

The problems have been a long time coming. Over the past 10 years, Detroit's public school enrollment has fallen by 50 percent as parents continue to pull their kids out and send them to suburban schools, meaning less funding for the city schools.

Bobb says he knows this new plan isn't economically or academically viable, and he's hoping for a complete restructuring of the school system.

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