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Detroit school board seeks judge's OK to remove district's state-appointed emergency manager

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DETROIT — The Detroit Public Schools board is seeking court approval to remove the district's state-appointed emergency manager.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1Dscggv ) some board members believe Jack Martin's tenure should end in late September, a year-and-a-half after the current emergency manager law took effect. They've asked a judge for approval and a hearing is scheduled Oct. 1 in Ingham County Circuit Court.

Attorneys representing Martin argue the board is misinterpreting the law.

The law says that if a manager has served for at least 18 months after being appointed, a governing body can remove the manager by a two-thirds vote. The dispute centers on whether that period started when the law took effect or when Martin was appointed four months later.

The district has been under emergency management since 2009.


Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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