Jack Martin named new Detroit Public Schools emergency manager - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

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>>

  • General Motors profit declines 85% in 2Q

    General Motors profit declines 85% in 2Q

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:43 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:43:10 GMT
     General Motors says second-quarter profit fell 85 percent as recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from the bottom line.
     General Motors says second-quarter profit fell 85 percent as recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from the bottom line.
  • Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded

    Porch shooter: I didn't know gun was loaded

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:48:56 GMT
    A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.
    A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday.
  • Rehabilitation grants available for auction homes

    Rehabilitation grants available for auction homes

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:45 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:45:20 GMT
    Homes eligible for $25,000 in forgivable rehabilitation grants are going on sale in a west side Detroit neighborhood. An online auction by the city's Land Bank Authority begins Thursday for eight houses in the Marygrove area.
    Homes eligible for $25,000 in forgivable rehabilitation grants are going on sale in a west side Detroit neighborhood. An online auction by the city's Land Bank Authority begins Thursday for eight houses in the Marygrove area.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

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