- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - A retired judge who handled Detroit’s bankruptcy could leave his new post running the city’s deeply troubled school system this spring if legislation to overhaul the district isn’t passed.

A clause in Steven Rhodes’ contract sets a June 1 deadline for action by the Legislature. He tells the Detroit Free Press: “There is no Plan B.” The contract, which otherwise runs through Sept. 30, says Rhodes will be paid $18,750 a month for his work.

Rhodes’ appointment as transition manager was announced Monday by Gov. Rick Snyder, but The Detroit News notes he’s appointed as an emergency manager. He’ll oversee the district’s finances and operations, but he’ll appoint an interim superintendent.

Detroit schools are in bad shape. There are competing plans in Lansing about how to fix the state-run district.


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