DETROIT (Reuters) – Detroit School Boards’ Council voted unanimously on Thursday to eliminate the use of private school funds for private and charter schools and limit the number of charter schools allowed to open in the city.
The resolution by the Detroit School Directors Association was approved by the school board’s council members after a three-hour meeting.
The vote was 3-2.
The board is one of the most influential in the United States and has been grappling with a growing number of schools closing and more than 200 charter schools in the state of Michigan that have closed or are on the verge of closing.
In a statement on its website, the Detroit Public Schools said the council’s vote to eliminate private school use “is in direct response to the recent attacks against the schools we serve and the communities we serve.”
The vote came after the board’s charter school leaders announced plans to close and close more schools in a bid to save money.
It was the latest sign of concern about how schools are used to further segregate students and teachers.
The Michigan Education Association, which represents more than 40 school districts, has urged the Detroit schools to stay open and not close.
“Schools are a critical asset that should not be used to segregate and control students or to deny education to people based on their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ability, or any other characteristic,” the group said in a statement.
The district is in the midst of a $20 billion deficit and has long struggled to meet state and federal education funding requirements.
The Detroit schools’ closure comes as other cities around the United Kingdom and Europe have also been trying to close schools and close other public institutions.
A total of 1,099 schools have closed across the United Nations and more are expected to close this year.
In France, a report released this week found that nearly half of schools in Paris were closing, and another one quarter were in the process of closing or being closed.
In the United Arab Emirates, schools are also being closed, with some closing as many as two weeks after their closing date.
There are also plans to shut down dozens of schools around the world in a drive to trim costs, and in June, Britain’s Ministry of Education said it planned to shut all schools in England, Wales and Scotland by the end of the year.(Reporting by Michael Cooney in Washington; Editing by David Gregorio and David Gregor)