Jack Martin named new Detroit Public Schools emergency manager - New York News

Jack Martin named new Detroit Public Schools emergency manager

Posted: Updated:
Jack Martin is taking over as emergency manger of Detroit Public Schools. Jack Martin is taking over as emergency manger of Detroit Public Schools.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Governor Rick Snyder announced on Monday the appointment of Jack Martin to replace Roy Roberts as emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools.

Martin is a certified public accountant, native Detroiter and DPS graduate.

"He was the chief financial officer at the U.S. Department of Education," the governor said. "He helped us in Highland Park Schools, and he's been helping us as chief financial officer for the City of Detroit."

Snyder said Martin will take over where Roberts left off after his two year tenure during which he helped the struggling district make strides.

The governor said Roberts reduced the deficit by $251 million and produced balanced budgets.

DPS has also slightly increased its graduation rate, test scores have improved, and there is now a long-term strategic plan.

"Serving as emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools has not only been the toughest job of my career, but it has also been by far the most rewarding," Roberts said.

"In terms of financial structure, it has definitely improved," said Keith Johnson.

However, the Detroit Federation of Teachers president said academic performance should be better. DPS is still one of the worst performing urban districts in the country.

Martin said that is one place he plans to focus.

"If we look at the performance of our high school graduates, I think there are far too many of these kids that are not prepared for meaningful employment. They're not prepared to go into a college academic program. They may be reading at an eighth grade level or lower. They're not even prepared to go into our military with its increasingly more complex weapons systems," he said.

Martin said he does not plan any major changes. His first order of business will be to meet with school staff and students. Enrollment will be another focus, and he will continue to try to reduce the deficit, something that is expected to take at least two more years.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • MTA, union reach deal for transit workers

    MTA, union reach deal for transit workers

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:09 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:09:38 GMT
    Transit officials and the union representing about 34,000 city subway and bus workers reached a tentative contract deal that would include raises and new benefits but require higher health insurance payments, both sides and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.
    Transit officials and the union representing about 34,000 city subway and bus workers reached a tentative contract deal that would include raises and new benefits but require higher health insurance payments, both sides and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.
  • Dance raves for kids at NYC's hot clubs

    Dance raves for kids at NYC's hot clubs

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:21:39 GMT
    A dance party for kids and tweens looks like a rave or perhaps a wild night at the club. But actually, many of the people at this party probably just learned how to tie their shoes. Twin brothers Tyler and Tristin recently had a FUZIPOP party in Manhattan to celebrate their 10th birthday. Never heard of a FUZIPOP party?
    A dance party for kids and tweens looks like a rave or perhaps a wild night at the club. But actually, many of the people at this party probably just learned how to tie their shoes. Twin brothers Tyler and Tristin recently had a FUZIPOP party in Manhattan to celebrate their 10th birthday. Never heard of a FUZIPOP party?
  • Ex-NBA player: Re-entry tougher than serving time

    Ex-NBA player: Re-entry tougher than serving time

    Thursday, April 17 2014 4:05 PM EDT2014-04-17 20:05:09 GMT
    Jayson WilliamsJayson Williams
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the federal prosecutor investigating political payback allegations involving the Republican's administration are both set to speak at a prisoner re-entry conference on Thursday.
    Former NBA player Jayson Williams says trying to re-enter society after serving time for shooting a limousine driver was more difficult than being in prison.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices