Michigan AG Sues To Unseat Most Of Detroit School Board

August 13, 2012

Michigan’s Attorney General is suing to remove most of the members of the Detroit School Board. Attorney General Bill Schuette argues seven of the eleven members of the board were illegally elected – two years ago. But school board members counter that the state is simply trying to retain the sweeping control over Detroit’s public schools that was granted to Emergency Manager Roy Roberts. That’s despite a recently-certified ballot referendum that suspends the emergency manager law until it goes before voters in November. The school board has already taken actions including rescinding some agreements made by Roberts and appointing an interim superintendent. WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter talked about the board’s moves – and the reaction to the Attorney General’s suit – with the attorney representing the board – George Washington.