Mixed reviews for emergency financial manager of Detroit schools

Feb. 9, 2011
Spending has been slashed under Robert Bobb, but deficit has grown

From The Detroit News: Detroit Public Schools emergency financial manager Robert Bobb has shaken up the district with 200 operational and financial audits. He’s imposed fiscal and academic reforms and outsourced hundreds of jobs. But some say Bobb has not taken the necessary steps to move the district out of its financial emergency. Bobb has slashed $500 million in expenses, yet the school system's deficit grew $100 million between fiscal years 2009 and 2010. He closed 69 school buildings while signing off on $500.5 million in federal stimulus loans for new buildings and renovations. Under Bobb, the district last year made Adequate Yearly Progress based on federal education standards for the first time since 2006. Yet 10,000 students a year leave the district. Bobb's contract as emergency financial manager expires at the end of the month, unless Gov. Rick Snyder extends it through June, as Bobb has requested.

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