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Clouds hover above the skyline January 1, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. After the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history, Detroit hopes outsiders will see the city's potential not the history of racial conflict, financial crises and citizen flight that has cut its population in half since 1960.  AFP PHOTO/JOSHUA LOTT         (Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Joe Szczesny, US-city-Detroit-auto-debt Clouds hover above the skyline January 1, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. After the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history, Detroit hopes outsiders will see the city's potential not the history of racial conflict, financial crises and citizen flight that has cut its population in half since 1960. AFP PHOTO/JOSHUA LOTT (Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images)
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At least 12 current and former principals in the Detroit Public School system have been accused of taking part in a bribery and kickback scheme. It involved school supplies that were rarely delivered to children in the debt-ridden school system.

The charges came as lawmakers debate how to turn around the Detroit Public School system, and whether a string of state-appointed emergency managers have contributed to the its problems.

For more, Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Rick Pluta, capitol bureau chief of the Michigan Public Radio network.

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This segment aired on April 5, 2016.

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