To help Detroiters cast informed votes for board members in Detroit’s public schools, Bridge Magazine, the Detroit Free Press, Fox 2 Detroit and WDET Detroit Public Radio spent two months reviewing court documents, property records, voting histories, tax liens and other public records. Reporters also asked the 63 candidates to answer a questionnaire and to send in resumes. Among the findings:
- 12 candidates filed bankruptcy
- 14 candidates lost properties for failing to pay taxes or mortgages
- 28 candidates were sued for unpaid bills and defaulted or agreed to make payments
- None of the candidates appears to have a criminal record.
Use the searchable database to see the findings on each candidate, including their answers to questions about their priorities.