DPS Debt Comes to $3.5 Billion

New report urges state officials to make fixing Detroit schools a top priority.

The Detroit Public School district is $3.5 billion in debt. The Citizens Research Council of Michigan says that figure should convince the governor and the Legislature to make solving the district’s financial problem a top priority. The Council says unfunded retiree benefits and short-term borrowing account for almost $2 billion of the district’s debt. Senior Research Associate Craig Thiel tells WDET’s Pat Batcheller DPS also owes about $1.7 billion for capital improvement loans and bonds.


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  • Pat Batcheller
    Pat Batcheller is a host and Senior News Editor for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news, traffic and weather updates during Morning Edition. He is an amateur musician.