Robert Davis, the controversial and litigious Highland Park school board member and union activist, filed another lawsuit today requesting the removal of Roy Roberts, the emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools.
Davis, in his third attempt to remove Roberts, argued that voters last week repealed Public Act 4 of 2011, and that means there is no law in effect that allows emergency managers and emergency financial managers to hold office.
Davis filed the petition to the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Before last week’s vote, the state attorney general wrote an opinion that said a weaker law on emergency financial managers — called Public Act 72 of 1990 — was in effect while voters considered repealing the more aggressive law that allowed the state appointees to have far-reaching control over fiscally distressed schools and municipalities.
“There is no emergency manager law,” Davis said. Emergency managers “have no legal authorization to exist. And the courts I hope and I pray act swiftly in removing them.”
Roberts oversees DPS’s budget. The petition is an emergency request and Davis said he hopes to have a response by the end of the week.
Check out more from Chastity Pratt-Dawsey in the Detroit Free Press
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