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Thu Jan 28, 2016, 07:26 PM

Teachers' union sues Detroit schools, demands removal of emergency manager

Source: Reuters

World | Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:48pm EST

Teachers' union sues Detroit schools, demands removal of emergency manager

The union for Detroit public school teachers sued their district on Thursday demanding immediate removal of a state-appointed emergency manager and a return of local control with a plan to repair its crumbling buildings.

Detroit Public Schools (DPS) is under state oversight and pressure from declining enrollment. Heavy pension and debt obligations have left the district in danger of running out of cash in April.

The district's emergency manager, Darnell Earley, previously served as emergency manager in Flint, Michigan, where growing criticism of the state and federal handling of lead contamination in tap water has become a national scandal.

The state lawsuit filed by the Detroit Federation of Teachers accuses Earley of allowing buildings and finances to deteriorate so severely that the district is no longer providing a minimally sufficient education.

"While descriptions of the conditions have shocked the world, apparently they haven't shocked DPS and Darnell Earley into taking action," union Interim President Ivy Bailey told a news conference.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-detroit-education-idUSKCN0V62V8

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