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.