February 9, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Detroit, MI – The state-imposed emergency manager of the city’s public schools announced Feb. 2 that he would resign, less than a week after the Detroit Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit demanding his ouster.
Darnell Earley, who took the position in January 2015, will step down on Feb. 29. Gov. Rick Snyder praised him for having “done a very good job under some very difficult circumstances” and “set in place operating and cost-containment measures.” “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,” Detroit Federation of Teachers interim president Ivy Bailey responded in a statement.
“His 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.” Earley came to Detroit after spending 16 months as emergency manager of Flint, and was in charge when the city began taking its water supply from the heavily polluted Flint River. Read more