Detroit school board to talk about district's academic plan

Jan 17, 2011

The Detroit Board of Education will meet Tuesday to go over a proposed settlement with Robert Bobb, the district’s emergency financial manager.

A Wayne County judge ruled last month that the Detroit school board is in charge of academics for the district, not the district’s financial manager. But both sides have to come to an agreement on how to implement the ruling, since Bobb’s team implemented several classroom reforms while the lawsuit was pending.

Anthony Adams is the school board’s president. He says it’s in the district’s best interest to keep most of  Bobb’s reforms in place:

"It would not be a proper approach to radically alter in the middle of an academic school year an academic plan that the teachers have been trained on, the students have become accustomed to. So it’s up to us to be good stewards of public trust and to move in a very measured fashion."

Adams says he is cautiously optimistic the Board will vote to approve the settlement.

Adams says the Board will also discuss criteria for hiring a new superintendent, whom they hope to have in place by May.