DETROIT
03/28/2013 09:38 am ET Updated Mar 28, 2013

Roy Roberts To Fire DPS Superintendent, Undo Board Decisions

In a May 16, 2011 file photo, Detroit schools emergency financial manager Roy Roberts tours Marcus Garvey Academy in Detroit.
In a May 16, 2011 file photo, Detroit schools emergency financial manager Roy Roberts tours Marcus Garvey Academy in Detroit. The head of the Detroit Federation of Teachers has sent a memo to members saying union leadership wants Roberts to present a contract — imposed without negotiations — to the rank and file. The memo by union president Keith Johnson calls the agreement "a farce" and that it makes deeper cuts into benefits and working conditions. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Roy Roberts, the state appointee who runs the Detroit Public Schools, announced in a letter dated today that he will fire the superintendent the school board hired and reverse decisions the board made since it acquired academic powers in August.

The state's new emergency manager law takes effect today, reinstating Roberts' authority over all DPS operations.

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