roy roberts http://michiganradio.org en In this morning's news: New DPS EM, retiree health care in Pontiac, EPA funds Great Lakes projects http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-new-dps-em-retiree-health-care-pontiac-epa-funds-great-lakes-projects <p><strong>Detroit Public Schools get new emergency manager</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder has named Jack Martin as the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-has-new-emergency-manager">new emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools</a>. Martin replaces Roy Roberts, who is retiring after two years in the position. Martin is leaving his position as Detroit’s chief financial officer. &nbsp;Roberts says DPS still has a long way to go, but conditions are noticeably better than when he started; the current budget deficit is more than $70 million.</p><p><strong>Retiree health care coverage suspended in Pontiac</strong></p><p>Pontiac’s emergency manager Louis Schimmel has proposed the Emergency Loan Board address an expected $6 million general fund shortfall in the current budget year. The board approved <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/healthcare-coverage-suspended-city-pontiac-retirees">a plan to suspend health care coverage for retirees</a> from the city of Pontiac and increase their monthly pension payments. The city's roughly 1,000 pensioners will get an extra $400 a month to buy their own health care, the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>EPA now accepting Great Lakes grant applications</strong></p><p>The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has $9.5 million to distribute for Great Lakes projects and is looking for takers. The money comes from the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/greatlakes/glri/">Great Lakes Restoration Initiative</a>, an Obama administration program to clean up and protect the lakes from a variety of threats. A webinar explaining the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/fund/2013rfa01/index.html">application process</a> will be held July 30.</p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:30:23 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13548 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: New DPS EM, retiree health care in Pontiac, EPA funds Great Lakes projects Detroit Public Schools has a new emergency manager http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-has-new-emergency-manager <p>After two years as emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools, Roy Roberts has officially left the position. Yesterday, Governor Rick Snyder named current Detroit Chief Financial Officer Jack Martin to replace him.</p><p>Martin has also served as emergency manager of Highland Park Schools, and as CFO of the U.S. Department of Education.</p><p>Governor Snyder says he expects the transition between Roberts and Martin to be seamless.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:31:05 +0000 Jake Neher 13551 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools has a new emergency manager Emergency manager for Detroit schools extends his stay http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-manager-detroit-schools-extends-his-stay <p>Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts was supposed to leave his post tomorrow.&nbsp;</p><p>Today, he announced he will stay on the job for another six months.</p><p><a href="http://detroitk12.org/content/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/L130515-RSR-Contract-Extension-Employee-Communication.pdf">In a letter to the staff at Detroit Public Schools</a>, Roberts said Gov. Rick Snyder agreed to extend his contract.</p><blockquote><p>Many of you are probably asking yourselves why I requested this contract extension. My answer is really quite simple, and is the reason I took this job in the first place – it’s about educating the children of Detroit.</p><p>DPS is on a good trajectory, with improved test scores and graduation rates, a balanced budget, and a solid<br>strategic plan, developed by all of us, that focuses on neighborhood-centered, quality schools. I want to do everything I can to ensure that we complete this school year in keeping with this trajectory – and help begin the preparation for an even more successful 2013-14 academic and fiscal year.</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130515/SCHOOLS/305150380/Roy-Roberts-delays-retirement-will-stay-DPS-few-more-months?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">The Detroit News </a>reports that Roberts will work on a budget for the coming school year for the district "which educates about 53,000 students and grapples with a graduation rate of less than 70 percent." Wed, 15 May 2013 15:19:06 +0000 Mark Brush 12578 at http://michiganradio.org Emergency manager for Detroit schools extends his stay The week in review: Run for Senate, live-in partners, DPS emergency manager steps down http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-run-senate-live-partners-dps-emergency-manager-steps-down <p>This "week in review," Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/democrat-gary-peters-launching-his-campaign-us-senate">U.S. Senate race</a>, allowing <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-declines-hear-live-partner-benefits-case">health coverage</a> for live-in partners and the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-emergency-manager-retiring">retirement</a> of the emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools.</p><p> Sat, 04 May 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 12402 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review: Run for Senate, live-in partners, DPS emergency manager steps down Commentary: The future of Detroit schools http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-future-detroit-schools <p></p><p>Roy Roberts, emergency manager of the Detroit Public schools for the last two years, is leaving. His contract ends in two weeks, and he says he isn’t interested in extending it.</p><p>You can hardly blame him. He is 74 and thanks to a successful career at General Motors, doesn‘t need the money. Roberts especially doesn‘t need more aggravation.</p><p>Being emergency manager of what is, in effect, a dying school system has meant 14 hour days and many angry people. There’s no way it could have meant anything else. His predecessor, Robert Bobb, was roundly hated, and whoever the governor appoints next will be too.</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:29:31 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 12391 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: The future of Detroit schools Detroit Public Schools emergency manager retiring http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-emergency-manager-retiring <p>The state-appointed emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools announced his retirement today.&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Rick Snyder appointed <a href="http://detroitk12.org/admin/emergency_manager/bio/">Roy Roberts</a> to manage the state's largest school system in 2011. Thu, 02 May 2013 19:31:09 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12385 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools emergency manager retiring New strategic plan for DPS growth has "community schools," universal Pre-K http://michiganradio.org/post/new-strategic-plan-dps-growth-has-community-schools-universal-pre-k <p>A new plan<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130411/NEWS01/304110216/Detroit-Public-School-stragetic-plan"> outlines a path for the Detroit Public Schools </a>to grow again.</p><p>The <a href="http://detroitk12.org/content/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/2013-04-11-SP-Strategic-Plan.pdf">“Neighborhood-Centered, Quality Schools” </a>plan centers around the idea of “community schools” that offer a wide array of services to the community.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 01:29:59 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12110 at http://michiganradio.org New strategic plan for DPS growth has "community schools," universal Pre-K Detroit school board re-gains some powers--temporarily http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-school-board-re-gains-some-powers-temporarily <p></p><p>Detroit’s elected school board will have short-lived authority over some key decisions.</p><p>A<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130220/SCHOOLS/302200374/Judge-says-DPS-Roy-Roberts-must-consult-board-some-issues?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE"> Wayne County judge ruled Wednesday</a> that the district’s emergency financial manager had exceeded his authority on some issues.</p><p>Judge Annette Berry said Roy Roberts must consult with the school board on school closings, security, and some other issues.</p><p>Roberts is supposed to share authority with the school board. He oversees finances, while the board supervises academics.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But the two are hard to separate, and both sides have brought court cases over how&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">that should work in practice</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit school board President Lamar </span>Lemmons<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the ruling granting board members a partial injunction proves Roberts overstepped his authority.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"He’s used the fact that he’s had financial authority to, if you will, bully the staff into cooperating with him,” </span>Lemmons<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said. &nbsp;“And for all intents and purposes, ignoring the board and its designated superintendent.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The arrangement will be short-lived, though.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new emergency manager law kicks into effect on March </span>28th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, once again giving Roberts broad powers over the whole district.</span></p><p>Lemmons says the board plans a court challenge to the new law.</p><p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 00:58:26 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 11335 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit school board re-gains some powers--temporarily In new MEAP scores, some good news for Detroit Public Schools http://michiganradio.org/post/new-meap-scores-some-good-news-detroit-public-schools <p></p><p>There’s some good news for the Detroit Public Schools in&nbsp;newly-released Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) scores.</p><p>42% of the district’s 3rd-through-8th graders scored “proficient or&nbsp;advanced” in reading. That’s up more than 6% from the prior year.</p><p>Math scores jumped more than 4%, with fewer than 15% of students rated&nbsp;proficient.</p><p>In most subjects, Detroit students’ gains outpaced state averages. But the district’s scores still remain well below state averages.</p><p>Roy Roberts, the district’s emergency financial manager, says that’s&nbsp;exactly the sort of progress people should expect at this point.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>“If I had walked in here and said we’ve improved every class by 25%,&nbsp;you oughta call the FBI,” Roberts said. “It doesn’t happen that way.&nbsp;It’s incremental improvement.”</p><p>The number of Detroit students tested did drop more than 20% this&nbsp;year, though, as the district’s enrollment shrunk significantly.&nbsp;</p><p>The state-run Education Achievement Authority took over 15 of the&nbsp;district’s lowest-performing schools last fall, leaving fewer kids in&nbsp;DPS. The district also has a dramatic long-term enrollment decline.</p><p>But that’s not the case at Dixon Elementary-Middle school on thecity’s far west side. That school has actually increased<br>enrollment—and posted some of the biggest gains citywide on this<br>year’s MEAP scores.</p><p>Principal Ora Beard took over the school three years ago. She says&nbsp;boosting student achievement in a school takes time—and lots of&nbsp;reaching out to students and parents to build trust.</p><p>“Our first year was totally building relationships,” said Beard. “And&nbsp;trying to get them to understand that we’re not here to fight&nbsp;you…we’re here to help you. And that’s what school’s got to be about.”</p><div class="yj6qo ajU" style="cursor: pointer; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; padding-top: 10px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 10px; padding-left: 0px; width: 22px; margin-top: 2px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; "><div aria-label="Show trimmed content" class="ajR" data-tooltip="Show trimmed content" id=":1a6" role="button" style="background-color: rgb(241, 241, 241); border-top-width: 1px; border-right-width: 1px; border-bottom-width: 1px; border-left-width: 1px; border-top-style: solid; border-right-style: solid; border-bottom-style: solid; border-left-style: solid; border-top-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-right-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-bottom-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); border-left-color: rgb(221, 221, 221); clear: both; line-height: 6px; outline-style: none; outline-width: initial; outline-color: initial; position: relative; width: 20px; " tabindex="0"><img class="ajT" src="https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/images/cleardot.gif" style="background-image: url(https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/ellipsis.png); background-attachment: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-color: initial; height: 8px; opacity: 0.3; width: 20px; background-position: initial initial; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat; "></div> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 03:50:31 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 11190 at http://michiganradio.org In new MEAP scores, some good news for Detroit Public Schools Detroit schools face more deep cuts in deficit-elimination plan http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-schools-face-more-deep-cuts-deficit-elimination-plan <p>The Detroit Public Schools <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130124/SCHOOLS/301240362/Detroit-Public-Schools-face-drastic-cuts-balance-budget">plans to shrink even more to wipe out its deficit </a>by 2016.</p><p>The district’s latest deficit elimination plan projects that&nbsp;enrollment will dip below 40,000 by then.<br>And in order to “stay ahead of the cost curve,” emergency financial&nbsp;manager Roy Roberts proposes some drastic cuts—including closing as many as 28 more schools, and cutting more than 1000 employees.</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 02:09:33 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10930 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit schools face more deep cuts in deficit-elimination plan Michigan Supreme Court upholds law empowering DPS emergency financial manager http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-supreme-court-upholds-law-empowering-dps-emergency-financial-manager <p>Roy Roberts, the state-appointed emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools, will keep his job after the Michigan Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit attempting to remove him.</p><p>The Supreme Court refused to overturn an earlier decision by the Court of Appeals ruling that Roberts’ office remains in effect under Public Act 72—the state’s emergency financial manager law of 1990.</p><p>The lawsuit was brought by Robert Davis, a union activist and school board member in Highland Park.</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 20:59:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10847 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Supreme Court upholds law empowering DPS emergency financial manager Lawsuit continues: Emergency financial managers not legal http://michiganradio.org/post/lawsuit-continues-emergency-financial-managers-not-legal <p>An 'emergency request' has been filed today with the Michigan Supreme Court asking that Detroit Public Schools emergency financial manager Roy Roberts be removed from office.</p><p>Highland Park School Board member and union activist <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/robert-davis">Robert Davis</a> argues that the law supporting Roberts' position is no longer valid.</p><p>It's an argument the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-appeals-court-upholds-law-empowering-emergency-financial-managers">Michigan Court of Appeals disagreed on last week</a>.</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 19:14:29 +0000 Mark Brush 9982 at http://michiganradio.org Lawsuit continues: Emergency financial managers not legal Detroit schools' leaders to voters: Renew Proposal S http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-schools-leaders-voters-renew-proposal-s <p>Detroit Public Schools’ leaders are united behind an effort to <a href="http://detroitk12.org/content/2012/10/04/frequently-asked-questions-for-detroit-public-schools-operating-millage-proposal-s-s-schoolssuccess/">renew Proposal S.</a></p><p>That’s a millage that accounts for more than 20% of the district’s day-to-day expenses, or about $80 million.</p><p>It was a rare moment of unity for the various factions that run Detroit schools. But emergency financial manager Roy Roberts, school board President Lamar Lemmons, and Detroit Federation of Teachers President Keith Johnson all agree: the district would be "severely crippled" without Proposal S.</p><p>“We’ve put aside our differences on this critical issue," Lemmons said. "It’s not about politics. It’s about educating our students.”</p><p>Roberts emphasizes that it’s for basic operations costs, like paying teachers--and it’s for traditional Detroit Public schools, only.</p><p>“It will not be shared with EAA , charter schools, nor any other school on the face of this earth,” Roberts insisted.</p><p>The EAA is the Education Achievement Authority, a new state-run district for failing schools that now has 15 former Detroit Public Schools.</p><p>Detroit voters initially approved the 18-mill levy on industrial, commercial, and rental properties in 2005. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 18:22:56 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 9364 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit schools' leaders to voters: Renew Proposal S Detroit schools officials tout start-of-year-attendance numbers http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-schools-officials-tout-start-year-attendance-numbers <p>Detroit Public Schools officials are happy with the district’s attendance figures so far this year.</p><p>Emergency Financial Manager Roy Roberts says the district averaged 85% attendance Wednesday, the second day of school for Detroit students.</p><p>Roberts says that’s much better than the past two years. The district didn’t reach a 75% attendance rate until later weeks, jeopardizing state funds.</p><p>“We think this is proof that Detroit Public Schools is making great strides to meet the needs of the students,” Roberts said.</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 01:04:03 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8985 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit schools officials tout start-of-year-attendance numbers Judge: Schools can go to EAA, but Detroit school board regains academic control http://michiganradio.org/post/judge-schools-can-go-eaa-detroit-school-board-regains-academic-control <p>A Wayne County judge ruled Tuesday that the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120814/SCHOOLS/208140365/1409/metro/Judge-DPS-board-controls-academics-can-t-take-back-EAA-schools">Education Achievement Authority can launch as scheduled.</a></p><p>That statewide district for the lowest-achieving schools is set to open with 15 former Detroit Public schools next month. The elected Detroit school board had voted to reverse that decision.</p> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 03:02:12 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8677 at http://michiganradio.org Judge: Schools can go to EAA, but Detroit school board regains academic control With school just weeks away, uncertainty lingers over Detroit teachers http://michiganradio.org/post/school-just-weeks-away-uncertainty-lingers-over-detroit-teachers <p>With Detroit Public Schools students set to head back to class in less than a month, serious questions linger regarding the district&rsquo;s teachers.</p><p>The district&rsquo;s emergency manager, Roy Roberts, imposed new contract terms on teachers last month.</p><p>That infuriated teachers and their union leaders, who said the district never even collectively bargained with them.</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:11:02 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8654 at http://michiganradio.org With school just weeks away, uncertainty lingers over Detroit teachers American Federation of Teachers takes to the streets on behalf of Detroit's teachers http://michiganradio.org/post/american-federation-teachers-takes-streets-behalf-detroits-teachers <p>The American Federation of Teachers is in Detroit for the group&rsquo;s annual convention.</p><p>And they&rsquo;re taking it to the streets&mdash;and to Detroit Public Schools&rsquo; officials&mdash;on behalf of the district&rsquo;s teachers.</p><p>Earlier this month, Detroit Public Schools&rsquo; emergency manager Roy Roberts imposed new contract terms on the district&rsquo;s teachers.</p><p>Those terms include a pay cut, larger class sizes, and less prep time for teachers.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 23:12:20 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8474 at http://michiganradio.org American Federation of Teachers takes to the streets on behalf of Detroit's teachers Union chief: new Detroit teachers' deal is 'farce' http://michiganradio.org/post/union-chief-new-detroit-teachers-deal-farce <p>The head of the <a href="http://mi.aft.org/dft231/">Detroit Federation of Teachers</a> has sent a memo to members saying union leadership wants the public school district&#39;s emergency manager to present a contract - imposed without negotiations - to the rank and file.<br /><br />The memo by union president Keith Johnson calls the agreement &quot;a farce&quot; and that it makes deeper cuts into benefits and working conditions.<br /><br />Emergency manager Roy Roberts announced the new deal on Sunday.<br /><br />Johnson says Roberts used &quot;the full power&quot; of the state&#39;s year-old emergency manager law in crafting the deal.<br /><br />He says teachers have to pay more for dental coverage and generic prescription co-pays. Life insurance has been cut by $5,000, and teachers now only get unemployment compensation for time off of work as a result of assaults from students or parents. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 19:58:39 +0000 The Associated Press 8133 at http://michiganradio.org Still no details on Detroit teachers' contract; war of words escalates http://michiganradio.org/post/still-no-details-detroit-teachers-contract-war-words-escalates <p>A day after the Detroit Public Schools&rsquo; Emergency Manager imposed a new contract on the district&rsquo;s teachers, both sides are staying mum on its terms.</p><p>But teacher&rsquo;s union officials are escalating their war of words against the district.</p><p>Detroit Public Schools officials won&rsquo;t divulge details of the new, imposed contract terms. Emergency manager Roy Roberts is empowered to impose contract terms under the state&#39;s emergency manager law.</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 23:12:10 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8120 at http://michiganradio.org Still no details on Detroit teachers' contract; war of words escalates Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager imposes new teacher contract http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-emergency-manager-imposes-new-teacher-contract <p>The state-appointed emergency manager for the Detroit Public Schools has imposed a new contract on the district&rsquo;s teachers.</p><p>Roy Roberts is empowered to impose new contract terms on teachers under the state&rsquo;s emergency manager law.</p><p>The district&rsquo;s previous contract with the Detroit Federation of Teachers expired June 30.</p><p>In a written statement, Roberts says the decision to impose a new contract came after &ldquo;a series of meet and confer sessions&rdquo; with union leadership prior to June 30.</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 03:54:55 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 8110 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager imposes new teacher contract