- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan appeals court says emergency managers running school districts have the power to fill vacancies on a school board.

The court ruled Wednesday in the case of Jonathan Kinloch, who was appointed to the Detroit school board in 2013 by emergency manager Roy Roberts.

Kinloch got the cold shoulder at his first meeting when other board members refused to acknowledge him. The board had picked its own new member.

But the appeals court says a school board can’t disregard the appointments of an emergency manager during a financial emergency. Kinloch is no longer on the board, and the Detroit district now is run by emergency manager Darnell Earley.

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