Detroit, Michigan was hit particularly hard by the economic nosedive the country has had to endure. This is why the state of Michigan has given the okay to close 70 public schools in Detroit by 2014. To do so would be to raise the average class size to around 60.
Detroit was severely impacted by the cut in auto spending, and as a result, Robert Bobb was appointed emergency financial manager in 2009. He admits that his plan could actually worsen the situation; many parents would balk at the increased class sizes, and bring their children elsewhere for school, he says. This mean that the school system would loose over $7600 per student. However, this is a risk he feels is necessary to take.