DPS Emergency Manager Roy Roberts aka The Great and Powerful Oz, has left the building

Roy? I say Roy, is that you?

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts just announced this morning that he is stepping down in a couple of weeks. Just like that. After all that bluster and bravado about what he was going to do with the schools and how he and he alone is the all powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing Oz in control of the imaginary Wonderland where he and he alone knows what is best for Detroit children, he now decides that it might be a good time to exit stage left.

Interestingly enough, this comes just a week or so after it was discovered that the Educational Achievement Authority sorta kinda ‘borrowed’ $6 million from DPS to help cover its bills. It did this without alerting the Detroit Public School Board, and without alerting the board members of the EAA. Sorta kinda illegal. From the Detroit Free Press:

The security concerns come on the heels of accusations against the EAA from Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton, a Democrat from Huntington Woods, who said the EAA had stalled and charged her $2,642.05 for documents she requested under the Freedom of Information Act last month. Lipton released the information this week, including documents that show that Detroit Public Schools took out loans through the Michigan Finance Authority’s state aid note program and gave the money to the the EAA to pay its bills.

Strangely enough it is Roberts who has been overseeing both DPS as Emergency Manager and also the EAA. Some may say this appears to be a conflict of interest but, oh well, whatever. After all, Roberts says he didn’t know nothin’ ’bout it.

Way to stand tall on your way out the door, Roy.

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