- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - The Latest on the state-appointed emergency manager for the Detroit Public Schools stepping down (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

The Detroit teachers’ union president says emergency manager Darnell Earley’s decision to step down is a step in returning the district to local control.

Ivy Bailey said Tuesday that “appointing another emergency manager won’t fix Detroit’s education crisis.”

Earley told Snyder in a letter that he would leave his post Feb. 29, about 4½ months early.

He was appointed in 2015 to continue the work of two previous managers in trying to turn around the troubled district, and previously oversaw Flint’s finances when the city switched its water supply, resulting in lead leaching from old pipes into some homes.

Legislation before the Michigan Senate calls for the state to pay off the district’s more than $500 million debt load.

A number of teacher sick-outs were held in January, including one that closed more than 85 schools. Teachers have complained about a number of issues including low pay and poor building conditions.

This story has been corrected to show that Earley was appointed to oversee the Detroit schools in 2015, not 2014.


1:20 p.m.

Detroit Public Schools’ emergency manager Darnell Earley has told Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder that legislation aimed at eliminating the district’s debt has effectively ended his role over the district’s finances.

He informed Snyder on Tuesday that he will step down at the end of February - 4½ months early.

Earley has been criticized by teachers over low pay, poor school conditions and other issues. He also oversaw Flint’s finances when the city switched its water supply, resulting in lead leaching from old pipes into some homes.

Earley says that “in anticipation of” Snyder’s plan before the state Senate to rid the school district of more than $500 million in debt, the focus now can be teaching students.

Earley was appointed in 2015. He is the third manager over the district since 2009.


10:45 a.m.

The state-appointed emergency manager for Detroit’s troubled school district is leaving the job about 4½ months early.

Darnell Earley also was the emergency manager for Flint when its water source was switched.

He notified Gov. Rick Snyder of his decision Tuesday and says he completed work ahead of his 18-month schedule.

Snyder says Earley “has done a very good job under some very difficult circumstances.”

The governor is pushing the Michigan Legislature to provide state funding to address the district’s $515 million operating debt and help transition the district back to some form of local control. It has been under emergency management for nearly seven years.

Rolling teacher sick-outs in the Detroit Public Schools have forced dozens of schools to close intermittently in recent months.


This story has been corrected to show that Darnell Earley was appointed Detroit Public Schools emergency manager in 2015, not 2014.

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