The Latest: Detroit schools officials facing bribery charges


DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the Detroit Public Schools district (all times local):

12:05 p.m.

Federal authorities say more than a dozen current and former Detroit Public Schools district officials are facing charges — including bribery — following a corruption investigation.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade and officials with the FBI and the IRS plan to discuss details of the indictments at a Tuesday afternoon news conference.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Detroit says those facing charges include 12 current and former principals, an administrator and vendor.

Earlier this year, a former Detroit high school principal pleaded guilty to accepting nearly $60,000 from a company hired to perform tutoring services. She faces three years or more in prison, although cooperation with investigators could get her a shorter sentence.

Another woman pleaded guilty to conspiracy and admitted paying bribes to the principal in exchange for her company getting work.

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11:10 a.m.

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law $48.7 million in emergency funding to keep the Detroit Public Schools open through the end of the school year.

The governor says the spending legislation enacted Tuesday shows the district’s challenges “aren’t just Detroit’s problem, they are concerns for all of Michigan.”

The state’s largest school district was in danger of starting to run out of money in April.

The $48.7 million is a stopgap measure while the Republican governor presses the GOP-controlled Legislature to enact a $720 million restructuring plan to split the district in two and pay off operating debt over a decade.

Separately, federal officials on Tuesday afternoon say they plan to announce charges involving several current and former Detroit Public Schools officials.