DETROIT (AP) — A retired judge who handled Detroit’s bankruptcy has been appointed to run the city’s deeply troubled school system.
The appointment of Steven Rhodes as transition manager was announced Monday by Gov. Rick Snyder.
Rhodes will oversee the school district’s finances and operations, but he will appoint an interim superintendent as soon as possible to handle academics. The governor says Rhodes is highly respected and a “natural choice.”
Detroit schools are in bad shape and could run out of money by April. Snyder has proposed spending $770 million over a decade to pay down debt and launch a new district. But his solution isn’t the only one in the Republican-controlled Legislature.
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Rhodes has said bankruptcy isn’t a good option for the schools because much of the debt can’t be erased.