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Feds charge 13 current, former Detroit Public Schools principals with bribery, conspiracy

More like “DPS You have to see it to believe it.” More like “DPS You have to see it to believe it.”
Alfredo Watts | 30 March, 2016, 01:18

Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law $48.7 million in emergency funding to keep the Detroit Public Schools open through the end of the school year on Tuesday, the same day that more than a dozen current and former district officials were charged with crimes stemming from a federal corruption investigation.

Shy and Clara Flowers, 61, of Detroit, a former principal of Henderson Academy and current assistant superintendent of DPS' Office of Specialized Services, are each charged with one count of count of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery and one count of tax evasion for failure to report income.

Shy allegedly paid the principals a total of $900,000 for their trouble.

According to the criminal complaints, the principals approved fraudulent invoices from the vendor in order to receive payment from DPS for supplies that were ordered.

Announcement of the charges comes as the Michigan Legislature deals with a funding crisis at Detroit Public Schools, which has been under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager since 2009 and has accumulated a $515 million operating budget.

Separately, federal officials on Tuesday afternoon plan to announce charges involving several current and former Detroit Public Schools officials. While on the television show, Alexander talked about how Spain Elementary-Middle School, didn't have heat in the classrooms nor enough money for books.

"I wanted to surprise you", DeGeneres told the school's community in a video posted online.

"There was a pressing need in Detroit that lawmakers from all across the state came together to address, and they got it done quickly", Snyder said.

The school system is hundreds of millions of dollars in debt, and being sued by the union.

Rhodes said that he shares in the outrage over these principals' alleged conduct; and that, to ensure that this doesn't happen again, the district is implementing a list of checks and balances effective immediately.