Nov 25, 2013
Michigan’s State Superintendent Mike Flanagan made great fanfare in announcing that the Detroit Public Schools was taken off the federal high-risk status by the Michigan Department of Education.
For the people and the students of Detroit, this changes nothing. The DPS will still be run by an Emergency Manager appointed by the governor, running the district like a dictatorship.
But now, the Emergency Dictator will have even greater control over the district’s finances: the DPS will not have to have its school improvement plans approved by the state; and it will no longer have to have any contracts over $25,000 approved or put out for bid.
So all this does is allow the Emergency Dictator to hand out more money to corporate contractors, without any oversight!
The DPS debt has risen every one of the past five years under Emergency Managers, thanks to greater and greater privatization of its services. Contractors now have even bigger dollar signs in their eyes – and they’re blowing kisses to Jack Martin, the current Emergency Manager.