Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says he's filed a legal request to remove seven of the 11 Detroit school board members from office and bar the entire board from acting as a government body.
Schuette says the seven were elected in districts, which state law only allows in districts large enough to qualify as first class. He says the Detroit Public Schools ceased to qualify in 2008.
Schuette says he filed the request Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court.
Gov. Rick Snyder says in a statement that he welcomes Schuette's move, which lets Detroit schools emergency manager Roy Roberts continue his efforts to overhaul the district.
Detroit school board lawyer George Washington tells the Detroit Free Press it's clear that Schuette, Snyder and Roberts "don't like black people voting."