New legislation aimed at fixing the long-struggling Detroit Public Schools calls for a nine-member school board appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder and Mayor Mike Duggan.
The plan would return some local control of DPS to an elected, seven-member school board on Jan. 1, 2017, according to two state representatives and a Detroit Free Press report.
State lawmakers are expected to announce the legislation as early as today.
The initial board, tasked with appointing a superintendent and overseeing finances, would consist of five members appointed by Snyder and four by Duggan.
The elected school board would be barred from firing the superintendent, a blow to advocates of restoring democracy to Detroit’s education system.
On Wednesday, Duggan announced that the city will inspect all 97 DPS schools for health violations.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.