DETROIT – In a unanimous decision, the Michigan Supreme Court rejected an appeal of a lower-court decision that upheld the appointment of Roy Roberts as Detroit Public Schools emergency manager, according to the Associated Press. The decision marks the end of the judicial challenge to the DPS emergency manager position.

The AP reports the appeal was filed by Robert Davis, an activist and member of the Highland Park Board of Education who has filed several law suits challenging aspects of Public Act 4, Michigan’s emergency manager law. In the suit, Davis had argued the office of emergency manager should have been considered vacant since Roberts did not take an oath of office until August, despite starting his work in May. The Appeals Court ruling against Davis was handed down last year.

SOURCE: The Associated Press, “Michigan Supreme Court allows DPS emergency manager to stay," April 16, 2012

FURTHER READING: Michigan Education Report, “Detroit Public Schools shows first surplus in four years," Dec. 6, 2011

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