DPS shakeups continue, split power between board and manager

DETROIT – Power struggles in Detroit Public Schools continue after a judge ruled that the DPS board has power over academic issues, while the state-appointed emergency financial manager has power over the budget, the Detroit Free Press reported.

According to the Free Press, the DPS board has quickly moved to sue the state over deficits accumulated under state control of the district, and terminated a contract with the district’s spokesperson.

The power struggle is likely to continue, according to the Free Press, until Nov. 6, when Michigan voters decide whether to keep the state’s emergency manager law.

SOURCE: Detroit Free Press, “DPS school board plans to sue the state, reinstate teachers,” Aug. 17, 2012
FURTHER READING: Michigan Education Digest, “Emergency Manager Ballot Proposal Causes Power Struggle in DPS,” Aug. 14, 2012