Detroit school chief imposes contract on teachers

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The state-appointed emergency manager running the Detroit Public Schools has imposed a contract on the district's teachers.

The district says Roy Roberts issued an order Sunday establishing employment terms on the teachers. State law empowers emergency managers to impose work terms on employees.

District Steven Wasko declined to reveal terms of the contract, saying Roberts wants the Detroit Federation Teachers to inform its members first.

Detroit's schools came under state management because of persistent budget deficits under an elected school board.

Wasko says there were no negotiations but says administrators held several consulting meetings with union leaders.

The district's $784 million proposed 2012-13 budget cuts spending by 25 percent, mainly because 15 schools are shifting to a state authority for underperforming schools.

Detroit is projecting about 52,000 students next year.

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