Highland Park (Mich.) schools may get emergency manager
The city of Highland Park has already had an Emergency Manager for the entire city who was found by a court to have improperly used public funds, but now the public schools in that city might get their own manager.
The Detroit News reports:
Highland Park Schools has moved a step closer to appointment of an emergency manager after a preliminary review by the state determined the district was in “financial stress.”
Superintendent of Public Instruction Mike Flanagan sent a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder this month asking him to appoint a team to undertake a “financial management review” of the district.
That’s one step short of the appointment of an emergency manager who would take control of the district’s finances and operations, and have the power to open and amend union contracts.
The school board is hoping to avoid the need for an Emergency Manager. An EM would have the power to void union contracts and sell off public assets without any accountability to local residents.