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Detroit area school districts losing students

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DETROIT (AP) - Declines in school enrollment across the Detroit area are driving school districts into debt and forcing administrators to make additional cuts.

Data reviewed by the Detroit Free Press shows that during the five years spanning fall 2008 to fall 2012 enrollment declined 17% in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne county school districts. Highland Park enrollment declined 69%, while Detroit dropped 29%. Romulus and Inkster declined 26%.

Overall, 20 Detroit-area districts had double-digit enrollment losses.

Among the 10 districts that had the biggest percentage declines, nine are operating with a deficit.

Demographer Kurt Metzger says enrollment declines are likely to continue because the number of live births in Michigan was down nearly 16% from 2000 to 2010.

State aid is tied to student enrollment.

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