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Robert C. Bobb
Emergency Manager

14th Floor, Fisher Building
3011 West Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 870-3772
Fax: (313) 870-3726

Local Government Responsibility Act

Under Public Act 72 of 1990, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm appointed Robert C. Bobb as Emergency Manager for Detroit Public Schools, effective March 2, 2009 and expiring March 1, 2010. On Thursday, Oct. 29, Gov. Jennifer Granholm joined Robert Bobb in announcing that Bobb will stay a second year at DPS.

Meet Mr. Robert C. Bobb

Robert C. Bobb

Robert C. Bobb has served as Emergency Manager of the 87,000-student Detroit Public Schools since March 2, 2009. A one-year appointment by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm was extended through March 1, 2011 in October 2009. Mr. Bobb assembled a team of national turnaround experts to address the district’s legacy deficit which was projected to peak at $305.8 million by June 2009, and to create for the school district a Master Education Plan for 21st Century Teaching and Learning; plans for Safe and Secure Learning Environments; Facilities; and Parent and Community Involvement; as well as a Master Long-term Financial Plan. Immediate establishment of an Office of the Inspector General (OIG) began a path to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse, and creation of an internal Office of Internal Audit assured that internal controls are in place. At DPS, Mr. Bobb’s efforts have resulted in successful passage, by a 61-39 percent margin, of a $500.5 million bond issue for use of Federal stimulus funds to build and/or modernize 18 schools, an enrollment drive that exceeded budgeted projections by some 900 students, creation of Emergency Student Achievement Summer School Academies serving 34,000 children and retaining $30.5 million in Federal Title funds, restoring the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, and ratification of a new reform contract with the teachers union. Recently a pledge to have all Detroit children reading at grade level in third grade by 2015 resulted in the launch of the DPS Reading Corps, which has since attracted more than 4,750 volunteers from more than 130 jurisdictions who have pledged more than a half-million hours of service to district pre-kindergarten students in one year.

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