Darnell Earley, emergency manager of Detroit’s public schools resigned.
Most recently, he was emergency manager of Flint when the water source was switched from safe to polluted.
The Detroit Federation of Teachers issued the following statement:
“Detroit Federation of Teachers on Resignation of Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Darnell Earley
DETROIT—A statement from Ivy Bailey, interim president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers, on Darnell Earley’s decision to step down as emergency manager of the Detroit Public Schools.
“Emergency Manager Darnell Earley has abdicated his role and responsibilities as overseer of the Detroit Public Schools. As emergency manager, Earley has shown a willful and deliberate indifference to our schools’ increasingly unsafe and unhealthy conditions, and a blatant disrespect for the teachers, school employees, parents and students of our city.
“His departure, which the Detroit Federation of Teachers, parents and the community have called for, is a step in the right direction. For nearly seven years, DPS has been controlled by four state-appointed emergency managers. They have created both a fiscal and a moral crisis, running up a $515 million debt, running down the physical conditions of our schools, and forcing educators to bear the brunt of the problems with fewer resources and more benefit cuts.
“Earley’s resignation presents a perfect opportunity for state officials in Lansing to pay off the debt their appointed managers have created and return the Detroit Public Schools to local control. Appointing another emergency manager won’t fix Detroit’s education crisis. Now is the time for DPS to have an elected school board that answers to the people of this great city.”
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