Category: Detroit

The New Emergency Manager: Woman who got over $100K for school she never opened now imposing CEOs on struggling schools

The New Emergency Manager: Woman who got over $100K for school she never opened now imposing CEOs on struggling schools

I’ve been writing lately about the attempt by the Snyder administration to continue the undemocratic takeover of local schools facing financial difficulties without having to use an Emergency Manager. Thanks to the Flint water catastrophe where the residents’ drinking water was contaminated with lead thanks to decisions made by Emergency Managers, that phrase has become (pardon the pun) toxic. As I have written (HERE and HERE), the individual put in charge of taking over the school districts is now called a “CEO”. And the CEO has all sorts of power:

  • Assume the financial and academic authority over multiple schools;
  • Assume the role of the locally elected school board for those schools they have been assigned;
  • Control all funds attributable to pupils at the school without the consent of the locally elected board;
  • Permanently close a school without the consent of the locally elected board;
  • Sell closed school buildings without the consent of the locally elected board; and
  • Convert schools into charter schools without the consent of the locally elected board.
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Who is the world’s “Most Disappointing Leader”? Cast your vote NOW! Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is in first place.

Who is the world’s “Most Disappointing Leader”? Cast your vote NOW! Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is in first place.

Fortune magazine recently chose the "World’s 19 Most Disappointing Leaders". Now they want to know who is the MOST disappointing leader in the world and you can cast your vote HERE.

At the moment, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is in first place and, as I type this, he's leading New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 455 votes to 104. He's even beating out Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli.

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More corruption unveiled in Detroit schools which happened under the watchful eyes of a Michigan Emergency Manager

More corruption unveiled in Detroit schools which happened under the watchful eyes of a Michigan Emergency Manager

Last October I penned a piece titled “Michigan’s Emergency Managers were supposed to fix corruption and ineptitude. They haven’t.” That could just as easily be the title of this post as U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade today unveiled federal charges against twelve current and former principals, an administrator and a vendor with Detroit Public Schools:

Twelve current and former principals, an administrator and a vendor with Detroit Public Schools are facing federal charges, according U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade

McQuade, The FBI and the Internal Revenue Service are holding a news conference in Detroit at 1 p.m. this afternoon to discuss the case, according to a statement released Tuesday morning.…

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EXCLUSIVE: New study proves the connection between race and the imposition of Emergency Managers in Michigan

EXCLUSIVE: New study proves the connection between race and the imposition of Emergency Managers in Michigan

The following guest post was written by Nate Breznau of Mannheim Centre for European Social Research. He is the co-author of a new study that looked at the disparate racial impact of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law, Public Act 436. The academic study proves that the elements involved in the imposition of an Emergency Manager in a city go beyond simple financial stress factors. In fact, as their study shows, the racial makeup of the city is a significant independent variable, as well. Their study, linked below, was conducted while both lived in Michigan and when Breznau’s co-author, L. Owen Kirkpatrick, was an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan.…

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Running government like a business: Snyder admin. invents another way to take over schools: “School District CEO”

Running government like a business: Snyder admin. invents another way to take over schools: “School District CEO”

With Emergency Managers now a four-letter word in Michigan, the Snyder administration has come up with a new way to take over public schools without having to invoke the epithet. In their on-going effort to “run government like a business”, they have appointed a “School District Chief Executive Officer (CEO)” for East Detroit Public Schools:

A chief executive officer will soon be named to oversee academics in East Detroit Public Schools after years of chronically low student achievement, state officials said Tuesday. The CEO will have jurisdiction over all instructional and financial decisions of four of the district’s seven schools for the next three years along with the superintendent, according to the State School Reform Office.…

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EVENT: Youth group Detroit Does Well hosts “Your Vote, Your Voice” event TONIGHT in Ypsilanti

EVENT: Youth group Detroit Does Well hosts “Your Vote, Your Voice” event TONIGHT in Ypsilanti

Detroit Does Well is a student-run organization that recognizes the talent, leaders, and Entrepreneurs that arise from their organization. They focus on showing Detroit in a positive light through mentoring, volunteering, and events that brands individuals through their organization. Tonight they are hosting an event in Ypsilanti titled “Your Vote, Your Voice” particularly aimed at students in the southeast Michigan area:

The event will be held at Big Bob’s Lakehouse on the campus of Eastern Michigan University (near the Student Center) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event is open to the public and they are expecting an audience of between 30-60 students, aged 18 and older, that are of various racial and ethnic backgrounds.…

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Former Flint & Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Darnell Earley will receive over $80K in consulting fees

Former Flint & Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Darnell Earley will receive over $80K in consulting fees

It’s a good gig if you can get it

Darnell Earley, the disgraced former Emergency Manager for the city of Flint and, more recently, Detroit Public Schools (DPS), will receive $82,862.90 through mid-July to work as a consultant for the school district. Earley resigned his position last month because, according to his jaw dropping assessment, he had rectified the school district’s financial emergency. (I’m not kidding.)

By any objective standard, Darnell Earley has been part of the problems faced by Flint and Detroit schools, not part of the solution. There is a direct line between his exclusive focus on cost cutting and the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water with the powerful, odorless, tasteless, invisible neurotoxin lead.…

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Detroit schools get FIFTH Emergency Manager, another overseer with ZERO background in education

Detroit schools get FIFTH Emergency Manager, another overseer with ZERO background in education

On Monday of this week, Gov. Rick Snyder formally appointed bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes to be the fifth Emergency Manager for Detroit Public Schools (DPS). DPS got their first Emergency Manager (they were called Emergency Financial Managers back then) in 2009 when Robert Bobb was appointed by former governor Jennifer Granholm. The year before Bobb took over, DPS had a $139.7 million deficit. Today, with four Emergency Managers having come and gone, the district has a $515 million deficit and will be out of money in the next couple of months. In the 17 years in between, DPS has seen no improvement in the education outcomes of its students and the education infrastructure is in far worse shape now than ever before.…

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Michigan Republicans push Shock Doctrine solution for Detroit schools insolvency in order to destroy public education

Michigan Republicans push Shock Doctrine solution for Detroit schools insolvency in order to destroy public education

It’s no secret that many Republicans in the Michigan legislature want to destroy public education in our state and funnel tax dollars into the coffers of for-profit charter schools. For anyone paying attention, that’s a given.

What is surprising, to me at least, is how brazen they have become.

Detroit Public Schools is on the brink of bankruptcy. According to DPS Treasurer Nick Khouri, they are about to run out of money very, very soon. He also says bankruptcy should be off the table:

The debt owed by Detroit Public Schools is an obligation of the state that lawmakers cannot ignore, Khouri said.…

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BREAKING: Detroit dog rescue group featured on Eclectablog to partner with Villalobos of “Pit Bulls and Parolees”

BREAKING: Detroit dog rescue group featured on Eclectablog to partner with Villalobos of “Pit Bulls and Parolees”

Last week, Anne and I collaborated on a piece about the amazing downriver Detroit dog rescuers David McMurtrie and Kayli Sparks of Pit Stop for Change Rescue & Rehabilitation. These two dog rescue warriors single-handedly care for over 40 rescued dogs in a residential home in River Rouge. Many of the dogs have been abused and neglected and Pit Stop dog rescue is their last chance at finding a loving home.

Unfortunately, they are about to be evicted.

Our story about David and Kayli got the attention of Tia Maria Torres, the owner and operator of the largest dog rescue center in the entire country, Villalobos Rescue Center.…

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Rescuing the unwanted in Detroit: How a former skinhead saved his own life by saving the lives of dogs in Detroit

Rescuing the unwanted in Detroit: How a former skinhead saved his own life by saving the lives of dogs in Detroit

“Dog rescue is a community responsibility.”

NOTE: This post has been updated with some very good news HERE.

It is estimated that there are a thousand or more stray dogs in Detroit. On top of that, there are countless dogs who are abused and neglected. These are dogs with owners who don’t know or care how to have a dog as a pet, dogs owned by people who intentionally hurt them, or dogs used in dog fighting. Many of these dogs are what is known as “bully breeds”, pit bull-type dogs that are mixes of breeds like American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Boxer, Boston terrier, and Bulldog.…

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