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Michigan: Detroit schools no longer 'high risk'

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DPS emergency manager Jack Martin as he makes the announcement on Monday DPS emergency manager Jack Martin as he makes the announcement on Monday

DETROIT (AP) - The state of Michigan is easing some financial oversight of Detroit's public schools.

The district has struggled financially for years but its "high-risk status" has been dropped by the state Education Department. The change announced Monday means Detroit schools no longer have to have the state approve its improvement plan.

The district says it also gets more discretion over spending.

Michigan labeled Detroit schools as high risk after the federal government in 2008 raised questions about $53 million in spending. Those issues have been resolved.

State-appointed emergency manager Jack Martin still will run the district. Michigan says it will continue monitoring the district's financial performance.

Detroit has 49,000 students, a drop of about 2 percent over last year but a smaller decrease than previous years.

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