March 10, 2016

Detroit teachers may not get paid

Detroit News - The new emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools warned state lawmakers that teachers in the state’s largest district shouldn’t expect to be paid beyond April 8.

Retired bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes, who took office last week, raised the prospect of payless paydays for DPS staff during testimony before the House Appropriations Committee.

“The April 8th date concerns me greatly because there is no Plan B,” he said. “To go dark after April 8th is not an acceptable solution.”

Rhodes continued: “We cannot print money. We looked at some options, like expenses that could be deferred but that’s not enough to buy another two weeks of pay for teachers.”

Asked if taking out a short-term loan could be an option, Rhodes said no.

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