DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit schools’ state-appointed emergency manager has reversed course and cancelled plans to cut teacher pay by 10 percent and increase class sizes to help overcome a $127 million budget deficit in Michigan’s largest district.
Jack Martin announced the move Tuesday, six days after the Michigan Department of Education gave its approval for the pay and class size changes.
Martin’s announcement followed sharp criticism from teachers, parents and others. The 10 percent pay cut was to apply to all teachers and administrators effective Oct. 1.
At a news conference Tuesday, Martin said the Detroit Public Schools will propose extending the timetable for eliminating the deficit by two years, from 2019 to 2021.
The pay cut plan followed voter rejection Aug. 5 of a property tax request to raise about $18.5 million.