The House lawmakers say the current law helped trigger the city's catastrophe.
Families that traveled all the way to Washington, D.C., for the congressional hearing left disappointed.
The manager's lawyer says his client is not an animal.
Since 1999, the state has been "taking over" Detroit Public Schools. Since 2009, Detroit's schools have been subject to a stream of emergency managers who move in for just under 18 months, do not answer to voters, and can basically do what they want without consequence.