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Rewarded for Sucking Detroit Schools Dry

Mar 16, 2015

Just before he stepped down, former Detroit Public Schools “Emergency Manager” Jack Martin gave–and then got–special going away presents.

Martin authorized bonuses for three of his officers, of $12,000 to $18,000 each, on top of their salaries of up to $170,000.

The State of Michigan Treasurer and the Governor gave Martin bonuses totaling $50,000–on top of the $340,000 he raked in for only 18 months on the job!

A Treasury Department spokesman said that he got this money for stabilizing enrollment and saving money–which is odd, since enrollment continued to decline in his 18 months, from 51,000 to 47,000; and the DPS deficit grew from 93.8 million dollars to 169.4 million! That’s a heck of a job performance!

But he DID oversee an even greater increase in charter schools in the city–charter schools now contain as many students as the DPS does.

That’s what those bonuses were really for: helping to rip the public school system apart even more!