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Top senator criticizes Detroit schools manager over contract

January 2016 photo of Sen. Arlan Meekhof and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
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A Republican legislative leader is lashing out at the Detroit school district's emergency manager after the approval of teacher pay increases.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof said Wednesday he's lost "all my confidence" in Steven Rhodes as the state-managed district is gradually returned to local control under a $617 million state bailout.

Meekhof says Rhodes found a "loophole" in the legislation and isn't "doing a good job for the taxpayers."

The Detroit Federation of Teachers last week ratified a contract with pay hikes, mostly one-time bonuses.

It remains in effect through December and then through June unless the new school board that's elected this fall wants to renegotiate.

Meekhof says the $10 million in spending could have fixed more school buildings.

A message seeing comment was left with Rhodes' spokeswoman.

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