Teachers face uncertain futures in three Michigan school districts

Jul 7, 2012

DETROIT (AP) - Teachers in three school districts run by the state are laid off with many not knowing if they'll have jobs when classes begin.

Charter operators have yet to be selected to run new systems in Muskegon Heights and Highland Park.

State-appointed emergency managers have shopped Muskegon Heights in West Michigan and Highland Park near Detroit to charter operators as part of plans to pull the cash-strapped districts from near-fiscal ruin.

Only 3,300 of more than 4,100 Detroit teachers are expected to be called back to work as a number of buildings have closed or are being turned over to a new district for low-performing schools. Detroit Schools also are run by an emergency manager.

State law allows emergency managers broad authority in choosing how to turn things around.