Statement from Michigan Department of Treasury

Published On: Feb 15 2012 03:35:45 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 15 2012 03:35:57 PM EST

The Department of Treasury and the administration are closely reviewing today’s ruling and consulting with the Attorney General to determine appropriate next steps that will help ensure the fiscal and academic health and well-being of our communities and schools.


At this time, we do not believe the ruling affects the appointment of Jack Martin as Emergency Manager for Highland Park Schools.


As for Highland Park Schools, our top priority has been, and will remain, providing students in the district with a quality education.  They need and deserve every opportunity to succeed. 


The Highland Park School District is in a severe fiscal crisis that only will further jeopardize the district’s students and families and get worse without continued state support and assistance.  The district has already needed two advances in State Aid to avoid payless paydays and the Michigan Department of Education expects yet another request for additional hardship funding.


Where the City of Detroit review is concerned, the financial review team’s work will continue in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. 


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