BIRMINGHAM (WWJ) – It’s a concern statewide: Proposed budget cuts to education. Two school districts in metro Detroit;  Birmingham and Berkley, are holding public meetings about those cuts Monday night.

Some state legislators will be on hand to hear the concerns of parents and community members in Birmingham.

Schools’ Spokesperson Marcia Wilkinson says the district is facing a $7.7 million dollar deficit next year:

“I’d hope that there would be a few voices of reason that will surface through all of this, and that maybe we can find a way to work together and take a lot of politics out of it…I know that’s an impossible request,” Wilkinsen says.

“To look at what’s going on in the classroom and what’s going to impact kids because kids everywhere deserve an equitable education and we’re just not there yet,” she adds.

“That’s on top of an existing deficit we had, we’ve made $28 million dollars in cuts since 2002, we’re gone as far as privatizing custodial and bus services, we’ve done a lot already but it’s getting harder and harder to keep the cuts away from the programs and services,” Wilkinson says.

Wilkinson says they’re concerned programs will be hurt if these cuts go through. The forum takes place Monday night and is at Seaholm High School at 7 p.m.

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