The following message from Friday March 18th is about Judge Wendy Baxter's decision on academic control of DPS by the Detroit Board of Education. Judge Baxter's earlier decision has been overturned. The message is from a Detroit Community group:
Judge Wendy Baxter was asked today by Special Assistant Attorney General John Clark to stay her order that granted the Board specific powers under the court's interpretation of the old PA 72 of 1990 that created the basis for emergency financial managers. With the new law, the old language that the judge based her decision on was eliminated.
BY STAYING HER ORDER, THE E.M. NOW HAS TOTAL POWER OVER THE DISTRICT. HENCE STUDENTS, PARENTS AND TAXPAYERS NO LONGER HAVE A VOICE THROUGH AN ELECTED BODY.
Board Attorney George Washington and Board President Anthony Adams say that, given the change in the law, the judge had no choice. The total responsibility for this reversal is due to Lansing. "No one should blame the judge one bit," says Washington. "She was bound by the new law." He added that people are going have to engage in direct actions to affect the conditions that we now face.
Anthony Adams said that "its unfortunate that the Legislature changed the law to disempower the people of Detroit to participate in the education of their children."
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