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New Math?

The Wife reported an interesting bit of news today. The part I find most compelling comes a few graphs down:

In a separate presentation, the district's chief financial officer reported to the school board that the district has overspent its budget so far this school year by more than $21 million.

Ricardo Kisner, chief financial officer for the district, said the district will have to bring spending in line during the remainder of the school year to make up for the overspending.

You don't say?

Now, I'm not casting judgment (yet) on the overall job that Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb has done since taking control of the budget for DPS, and I'm certainly not opposed to someone working diligently to clean up what's wrong with the school system that graduated me. But c'mon, man. You're tasked with stopping the hemorrhaging, and you start by gouging your own holes in the district's finances?

I realize Bobb's got a ways to go, which is why I don't want to seem too harsh. But when the new sheriff rolls into town and struts into that too-rowdy saloon to start policing the place, I don't expect him to come out a few hours later with the smell of Jack Daniels on his breath.

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