Emergency manager: Detroit school district may need layoffs to help close $170 million deficit


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DETROIT — The state-appointed emergency manager of the Detroit Public Schools district says layoffs may be needed to help close a deficit of about $170 million.

Darnell Earley tells The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/1CXWPec ) in an interview Thursday, however, that he doesn't expect job cuts to include teachers. He says the district is working to boost its educational competitiveness and offer an academically challenging environment.

District spokeswoman Michelle Zdrodowski says the district will follow the processes set out in the district's individual collective bargaining agreements relating to notification of any layoffs.

Steve Conn, the newly elected president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers union, says the emergency manager will "continue the destruction of public education."

Earley recently replaced Jack Martin as emergency manager. The district has been under emergency management since 2009.

Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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