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DENIED: Former EAA chief John Covington eliminated from consideration for Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools

DENIED: Former EAA chief John Covington eliminated from consideration for Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools

Former Education Achievement Authority Chancellor John Covington is out of the running to head up the Metro Nashville Public Schools. After being selected as one of the final four candidates by a search firm with ties to the Broad Foundation and that has promoted him in the past, Covington’s history of failing school districts and then leaving abruptly led to him being dismissed:

The Metro Schools superintendent search is down to three.

Pushing past calls to delay the search, the Metro school board felt the interviews were strong enough to introduce the three finalists to the Nashville community. [..]

The group decided to cut from the running controversial candidate John Covington, who also interviewed Friday.

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UPDATED: How is former EAA chief John Covington still being considered to run schools? Two words: Broad Foundation

This post has been updated below.

Former Education Achievement Authority Chancellor John Covington has left a trail of scandal and disarray in both Kansas City and Detroit after abruptly quitting leadership positions in both cities. Yet, over the past week, we’ve learned that he’s in the final four being considered to head up the Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Once Nashville officials learned about his sordid past, things began to fall apart with the local teachers union asking for a refund of at least some of the money spent with the search firm Hazard Young Attea & Associates. “I really thought that when the board of education entered into a contract with the search firm, they were hiring a search firm that would do appropriate vetting, or at least, call up all of the references to find out what they knew about the individual,” said Erik Huth, president-elect of the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association.…

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Teachers union wants its money back from search firm who chose former EAA chief Covington as finalist to run district

Teachers union wants its money back from search firm who chose former EAA chief Covington as finalist to run district

This is getting comical

As I have been writing about for the past week, Metro Nashville Public Schools is looking for a new director to run its school district. They hired Hazard Young Attea & Associates, a search firm, to interview candidates and present them with four finalists. One of those four finalists was none other than disgraced former Education Achievement Authority Chancellor and Kansas City Schools superintendent John Covington.

As I wrote yesterday, one of the references that Covington listed on his resume the head of the Kansas City teachers union. Puzzled by this, the incoming Metro Schools union leader Erik Huth gave her a call and, according to a media release put out by Huth, she LOLed when she was told that Covington had used her as a reference:

We called the president of the Kansas City local about the reference and she laughed, thinking it was absurd.
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UPDATED: Nashville school board members discover the truth about former EAA chief John Covington and are NOT pleased

UPDATED: Nashville school board members discover the truth about former EAA chief John Covington and are NOT pleased

Monday night I wrote about how former Education Achievement Authority Chancellor John Covington is one of four finalist to run a the Metro Nashville Public Schools. The fact that he made it that far is puzzling considering that he left his two previous leadship jobs abruptly and without warning. In Kansas City, the district he ran lost their accreditation shortly thereafter and, in Detroit, the EAA continues to flounder and Covington left under a cloud of allegations regarding misspending of funds for his personal benefit.

Word is now getting out, however, and some of the members of the Metro Nashville Public Schools board of education are not pleased.…

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Former Education Achievement Authority Chancellor John Covington still looking for a school district to run

Former Education Achievement Authority Chancellor John Covington still looking for a school district to run

When John Covington bailed out of the Education Achievement Authority shortly after spending irregularities and a host of other problems were making news, he said it was to care for his ailing mother. However, soon after he left, he formed a company called the National Institute for Student-Centered Teaching and Learning. After that, he threw his hat into the ring to be the superintendent of a South Carolina school district. Fortunately for them, however, he wasn’t selected.

He’s still looking, though, and has managed to make the final round in the search for the next Director of Nashville Public Schools.…

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CONFIRMED: Education Achievement Authority cheating teachers out of incentive pay

CONFIRMED: Education Achievement Authority cheating teachers out of incentive pay

Earlier this month, in an exclusive report here at Eclectablog, I reported that teachers in the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) were not receiving Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) payments as promised. The “District for Wayward Schools” had received millions of dollars in TIF grants from the federal government – $11.5 million over three years – to give teachers financial incentives for being good teachers. However, as I reported on June 9th, those funds were not being dispersed. In a email response to a teacher asking about it, EAA Associate Chancellor David Donaldson had this to say:

That is correct. 13-14 and 14-15 are totally unrelated.…
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Last month, Michigan Republican Senator Patrick Colbeck had an op-ed pulled and then republished at <i>The Detroit News</i> with modifications after he was busted <a href="http://www.eclectablog.com/2015/05/gop-state-sen-colbeck-revises-detroit-news-anti-obamacare-op-ed-after-getting-busted-for-lying.html" target="_blank">lying about various aspects of the Affordable Care Act</a>. 

Colbeck is now at it again. He recently published an op-ed in the <i>Canton Observer</i> attempting to convince readers that everything is fine with education funding, Republicans have actually INCREASED it, and that the problems that Plymouth-Canton Community Schools (P-CCS) are having are their own goddam fault.

However, shortly after it was published, the <i>Canton Observer</i> posted this <a href="https://www.facebook.com/TheCantonObserver/posts/998808876809459" target="_blank">on their Facebook page:</a>

Michigan Republican Sen. Colbeck has op-ed pulled for inaccuracies. Again. (UPDATED x2)

Last month, Michigan Republican Senator Patrick Colbeck had an op-ed pulled and then republished at The Detroit News with modifications after he was busted lying about various aspects of the Affordable Care Act. Colbeck is now at it again. He recently published an op-ed in the Canton Observer attempting to convince readers that everything is fine with education funding, Republicans have actually INCREASED it, and that the problems that Plymouth-Canton Community Schools (P-CCS) are having are their own goddam fault. However, shortly after it was published, the Canton Observer posted this on their Facebook page:
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There was a 3rd SCOTUS decision this week progressives should be thrilled with, one with implications for Michigan

There was a 3rd SCOTUS decision this week progressives should be thrilled with, one with implications for Michigan

As the celebrations over the U.S. Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell (which upheld the Affordable Care Act [again]) and their decision in Obergefell v. Hodges (which found same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional) begin settle down, it’s worth looking at a third case they decided this week that should have progressives applauding. This one, Texas Department of Housing & Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. involved fair housing practices:

Civil rights groups won a victory Thursday, as the Supreme Court ruled that claims of racial discrimination in housing cases shouldn’t be limited by questions of intent.
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SHOCKER! Corporate front group Mackinac Center wants to turn all Detroit Public Schools over to charters

SHOCKER! Corporate front group Mackinac Center wants to turn all Detroit Public Schools over to charters

Oh, look. The corporate front group Mackinac Center wants to convert all Detroit Public Schools (DPS) to charter schools. This, they tell us would be “the best safeguard” and would “allow many independent charter school operators to try varying models for converted DPS schools.”

In other words, they once again want to experiment with Detroit school children.

In Highland Park, the emergency manager’s operating plan for the district included turning over educational responsibilities to a charter school, while using existing property tax revenue to pay down accumulated debt.

Muskegon Heights put a similar arrangement in place: Again, the district converted its schools into charter schools, and revenues from the district’s 18-mill nonhomestead property tax were dedicated to paying off Muskegon Heights’ debt.

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Debunking the Mackinac Center's phony teachers union "pension spiking" scandal

Debunking the Mackinac Center’s phony teachers union “pension spiking” scandal

I recently wrote about Michigan teacher Mary Davenport, a woman who had received hundreds of thousands of dollars in support from her union, the Michigan Education Association (MEA), only to turn around and claim they “weren’t there when she needed them.” She was duped into being the poster child for the campaign by the corporate front group Mackinac Center to encourage teachers to leave their union.

In the letter Davenport signed that was sent to thousands of Michigan teachers using their taxpayer-funded work email addresses, Davenport railed against what Mackinac Center calls “pension spiking” by MEA president Steve Cook whose pension will be based on his MEA salary.…

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