Here’s why a 3-2 Detroit school board vote to suspend in-person learning until the end of the school year failed

The Detroit board of education voted 3-2 Tuesday night to suspend all in-person learning in the district until the end of the school year, after several community members urged “just one member” to put the matter to a vote.

But seconds after the vote was taken, the three who voted yes were told the vote failed.

At issue: Jenice Mitchell Ford, the district’s attorney, said the board’s bylaws require a majority of the elected board members to approve a motion for it to be valid. Two board members – Misha Stallworth West and Corletta Vaughn – were absent from the meeting.

“You have to have four to approve any action item on tonight’s agenda,” Board President Angelique Peterson-Mayberry said.

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