The Michigan Supreme Court decided that the petitions for a referendum on the emergency manager law are valid, and the referendum will happen in November.
In the meanwhile, the judges said, the EM’s powers are suspended.
Detroit has an emergency manager. What happens there, this teacher wonders:
(I’m a teacher in Michigan.) It also leaves hanging what will happen to Detroit Public Schools, which are currently being run by an Emergency Financial Manager. The EFM fired all teachers (requiring them to reapply for their jobs), imposed a 10% pay cut on all teachers, removed class size maximums from the contract (allowing up to 60 students per class at the secondary level), and more. Since these measures were imposed under a law which has now been suspended and whose fate won’t be decided until well after the new school year begins, what will happen? Will the measures be abrogated as if they never existed? What happens to the salary of the EFM? Will he have to pay it all back? (I have my doubts there, but wouldn’t that be nice?) If the EFM isn’t allowed to work for three months and quite naturally finds other work and the public–heaven forbid–votes to keep the law, will the district hire a new manager or try to bring back the old one? This will be interesting to see played out, but it’s disgusting that this legal footwork is dancing on the backs of our children.