State manager for Detroit schools leaving job months early

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) _ The state-appointed emergency manager for Detroit’s troubled school district is leaving the job about four months early.

Darnell Earley also was the emergency manager for Flint when its water source was switched.

He notified Gov. Rick Snyder of his decision Tuesday and says he completed work ahead of his 18-month schedule.

Snyder says Earley “has done a very good job under some very difficult circumstances.”

The governor is pushing the Michigan Legislature to provide state funding to address the district’s $515 million operating debt and help transition the district back to some form of local control. It has been under emergency management for nearly seven years.

Rolling teacher sick-outs in the Detroit Public Schools have forced dozens of schools to close intermittently in recent months.