Detroit Schools to help run ailing Highland Park

Jack Martin back on the job as emergency manager in school district

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LANSING, Mich. - The financially troubled Detroit Public Schools will help manage the ailing Highland Park school district for the rest of the academic year.

Michigan officials announced Friday that an agreement was reached with the districts. Both school systems are operating with the help of state-appointed emergency managers - Roy Roberts for Detroit and Jack Martin for Highland Park.

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The move comes after the Michigan Legislature passed a bill allowing another district to come in and run the Highland Park school system, which is struggling to keep its buildings open. Highland Park students will have the option of remaining in their current classrooms with their current teachers.
Some additional state money will go to Detroit Public Schools as it becomes the operating entity for Highland Park schools for the remainder of the academic year.

Martin was reappointed Friday by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. Martin had been temporarily sidelined because of a judge's ruling last month that a state review team whose recommendations led to his initial appointment had violated the state's Open Meetings Act.

Snyder temporarily removed Martin from power while the review team reassembled and met in public to re-do its recommendation.

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