From The Detroit Free Press: Reversing a judge's previous order, the Michigan Court of Appeals says the Detroit school district is permitted to fire 226 safety officers and outsource the jobs to a private security company. Privatizing school security is expected to save about $4.5 million a year.
EARLIER....from The Detroit Free Press: In a second court ruling in a week, a judge has told Detroit school district officials to immediately rehire 226 safety officers who were fired last month. The judge denied the school district's motion to stay the injunction pending an appeal. Robert Bobb, the district's emergency financial manager, privatized school-based security officers through a one-year contract with Securitas Security Services USA. The workers received notices ending their employment last month. The teachers union and security experts have criticized the decision to replace the employees with lower-paid officers who have less training.
Earlier...from The Detroit Free Press: A judge has ordered the Detroit school system to rehire 226 security officers that were fired last month, but the workers were shut out of their work sites today, their union says. The district fired all of its officers at the end of summer school and intends to contract with Securitas Security Services to provide officers in the schools.
The Detroit Free Press: The Detroit Public Schools has fired all of its 226 security officers and hired a private company to provide in-school security. The district says it will save an estimated $5.5 million through a one-year contract with Securitas Security Services.