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Detroit school board names Gov. Snyder in federal lawsuit

Gov. Rick Snyder has been named in a federal lawsuit filed by the Detroit school board that -- in part -- blames the district's financial troubles on Michigan's emergency manager law.

The suit seeks class-action status on behalf of about 58,000 students enrolled since 2011.

It also names three former emergency managers appointed by Snyder and says that under state control the district has been turned into a "virtual financial hell-hole."

Snyder signed into law $48.7 million in emergency funding last month to keep schools open through the end of the academic year.

He also is pressing state lawmakers to enact a $720 million restructuring plan that would pay off the district's operating debt.

Governor's spokeswoman Laura Biehl says Thursday that his office "can't comment on pending litigation."

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