Education Policy Director Michael Van Beek told The Detroit News he would give Robert Bobb, emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools, an “I” for impossible in grading Bobb’s nearly two-year tenure with the district.

“The reality is things are much worse than they appear, and he doesn’t have the tools to be able to get out of this deficit.”

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Van Beek said Bobb could be more successful if he had the ability to cancel union contracts and teacher tenure, but state law does not give emergency financial managers that power.

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