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Emergency management doesn’t work for schools, says former Benton Harbor EM

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“When we defer [capital expenditure] or investment in a school district, we’re knowingly ensuring that our students won’t keep up with their peers across the state or the country or the world,” Saunders said.";s:3:"u

One of the state of Michigan’s former emergency managers says the strategy might work for some cities, but an emergency manager just doesn’t work that well for school districts.

Tony Saunders is the former emergency manager of Benton Harbor.

"If you consider the overall strategies that EM's deploy in cities -- reduction of cost, increased revenue from taxes or fees or fines, layoffs or benefit reductions, and pension and healthcare modifications, and then most importantly, defer capitol expenditures or investment," Saunders said. "And none of those work well in schools."

Hear Saunder's full explanation above.

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