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Fri January 18, 2013
Court: Detroit Schools' Emergency Chief Can Stay
The Michigan Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit seeking to remove the state-appointed emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools.
The high court Friday denied a motion filed by activist Robert Davis. He argued that voters' general election defeat of the state's previous emergency law meant the act that replaced it no longer existed and Roy Roberts wasn't lawfully appointed.
Michigan Republicans pushed through a new emergency manager law last month signed by Governor Rick Snyder. It takes effect March 27.
The law will give local governments and ailing school districts the opportunity to choose their own remedy. If a review team finds that a financial emergency exists, those communities can request an emergency manager, ask for a mediator, file for bankruptcy or submit a reform plan to the state.