The Detroit Public Schools are facing a $219 million budget deficit, necessitating some painful budget cuts. But it's inexcusable for Robert Bobb, the system's emergency financial manager to slash the lowest-income workers' salaries while giving himself an $81,000 raise.
The 10 percent cut to school secretaries' salaries will quite literally send families over the edge into poverty. Their average salary will drop to $22,500; for a family of four, the poverty line is $22,050. Meanwhile, Bobb will make $425,000 next year.
Bobb's argument in favor of his raise is that the exta money is coming from private grants, not Detroit taxpayers. But if his primary focus is on improving the city's public schools -- by some measures, the worst in the country -- why is he busy applying for grants to boost his own salary? Alternatively, he could pay himself with the foundation money and return his city salary to the school system; surely $145,000 is enough to live on in a city in which you can buy a home for $7,500.
Send a letter to Robert Bobb and tell him not to push families into poverty while he lives in luxury.
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