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!