Jul 18, 2011
Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts says the DPS financial system is “broken.”
Broken? But the system’s already been run for two years by another Emergency Financial Manager, Robert Bobb. Sounds like Roberts is admitting that an EFM wrecked the system!
And he did. Bobb laid off hundreds of workers and closed tens of schools, while hiring his friends as consultants – and the deficit ballooned to over 320 million dollars.
What does Roberts propose? Get rid of consultants? Sue Bobb for malfeasance while in office? No. He wants to impose a ten% pay cut on all employees across the board, and to cut 853 jobs. In other words, to reduce services to students.
Pledging that Detroit parents will get something different this time – Roberts is carrying out the same attacks!
But that’s no surprise – because imposing an Emergency Manager is NOT about fixing the schools or their finances. The purpose has ALWAYS been to do just what Bobb did and what Roberts is preparing to do: to shuttle all that public money into private hands.