Shrinking population, heavy debt make turnaround tough for Detroit schools

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Jack Martin, who took office as emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools last Monday, is now tasked with overhauling Motown's rusting educational system during a period of economic calamity.

Roy Roberts, Martin’s predecessor and a former General Motors executive, had signaled earlier this year that he would leave his post.

And although Roberts made key strides — including dragging down the deficit by $251 million and ramping up graduation rates by five percent — the Detroit public schools system is nonetheless in rough shape, according to Professor Elizabeth Moje of the University of Michigan School of Education.

And that’s been the case for years.

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