- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - A high-ranking official in the Detroit school district has been named interim superintendent.

Alycia Meriweather will be the chief academic officer in the troubled district, which could run out of money in April. Her appointment was announced Monday by Steven Rhodes, a retired bankruptcy judge who is in charge of finances.

The Detroit Federation of Teachers says Meriweather is a “good choice.”

Detroit schools are in bad shape, and there are competing plans in Lansing about how to fix things. Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed spending $770 million over a decade to pay down debt and launch a new district.

Detroit schools have been under state-appointed managers for years. Labor activist and teacher Steve Conn says Rhodes is Snyder’s “new agent … to dismantle public education.”

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