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Disgraced former EAA Chancellor Covington still trying to find a superintendent job

Disgraced former EAA Chancellor Covington still trying to find a superintendent job

NOTE: This post has been updated below.

Disgraced former Education Achievement Authority Chancellor John Covington is still trying to find a way to cash in on his time at Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s failed experiment on Detroit school children. Recall that he bailed out on Kansas City schools which lost their accreditation the month after he abruptly quit. Then he came to Detroit to run Snyder’s District for Wayward Schools and abruptly quit again after questionable spending practices came to light. There’s nothing in his past to point to that shows success yet he continues to be considered for superintendent jobs around the country.…

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Disgraced former Education Achievement Authority Chancellor John Covington loses out on yet another job

Disgraced former Education Achievement Authority Chancellor John Covington loses out on yet another job

John Covington bailed on his position as the Chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority, Gov. Rick Snyder’s failed experiment on Detroit school kids, in June of 2014. He cashed out with a hefty severance package and then went job hunting. He was passed over for a superintendent position with the Richland One School District in South Carolina. Then he was denied a position with the Metro Nashville Public Schools, as well.

His third attempt was with the Youngstown City Schools’ Academic Distress Commission in Ohio. The Commission was set up as a state takeover of Youngstown schools, very much like Emergency Managers do in Michigan.…

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DING DONG! The Education Achievement Authority is dead! (in a year and a half)

DING DONG! The Education Achievement Authority is dead! (in a year and a half)

Bowing to immense pressure from faculty, students, employees, education activists, as well as the general public, the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents finally gave notice that it is ending its intralocal agreement with Gov. Snyder’s failed experiment on Detroit school children known as the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) this afternoon.

The move came after what can only be described as a face-saving move by EAA Chancellor Veronica Conforme who yesterday bizarrely encouraged the Board of Regents to put an end to the organization that employs her and that she has so vociferously defended since she began working there as a consultant under the disgraced former Chancellor John Covington.…

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UPDATED: EMU faculty passes “no confidence” vote over Board of Regents’ pact with Education Achievement Authority, Republicans say they’re killing it

UPDATED: EMU faculty passes “no confidence” vote over Board of Regents’ pact with Education Achievement Authority, Republicans say they’re killing it

Over the past couple of months, multiple Colleges in the Eastern Michigan University system have passed resolutions of “No Confidence” in the EMU Board of Regents. These groups include the Colleges of Education, Arts & Science, Technology, and Health & Human Services.

Yesterday, the entire Faculty Senate did the same. You can read their resolution HERE.

In their resolution of “No Confidence”, they specifically call out EMU’s continued association with Gov. Snyder’s failed experiment on Detroit school children known as the Education Achievement Authority (EAA). The EAA only exists at this point because of the intralocal agreement it has with EMU.…

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As we learn more about the #FlintWaterCrisis, now what?

As we learn more about the #FlintWaterCrisis, now what?

In comments here at Eclectablog and in many other media spaces around the globe, people are clamoring for the resignation of Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. For Michigan residents, that call has been ringing in the halls of this great state almost from the moment he was sworn into office for his first term.

If we get into the “Way Back Machine”, we will remember that in his first State of the State address Gov. Snyder announced that, as a result of his research, it was time to get rid of item pricing in retail stores. This, he said, would save consumers money, make life easier, and provide an easier path to making sure you weren’t being overcharged.…

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The epic failure of EAA is still a thing, only 1 (ONE!) EAA 4th-grader passes M-STEP math test

The epic failure of EAA is still a thing, only 1 (ONE!) EAA 4th-grader passes M-STEP math test

For the past couple of weeks, I have been trying to ensure that the utter and tragic failure of Gov. Snyder’s experiment on Detroit school children – the Education Achievement Authority – does not go down the memory hole. I told the story in 127 Eclectablog headlines and reminded people that these failures have been stacking up for four years during which we are repeatedly told to “give them more time”.

And still the evidence continues to accumulate. This morning the Detroit Free Press reported a statistic so shocking that I’m surprised it’s not making national news. Their analysis of the testing results from the new M-STEP standardized test showed that only a single EAA fourth-grader passed the math portion of the test:

Detailed results from Michigan’s tough new standardized exam paint a worrisome picture for many schools in Detroit and will likely boost state efforts to fix what many see as a broken educational system in the city.…
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UPDATED: EMU College of Education faculty vote to censure Regent Mike Morris over conflict of interest with the EAA

UPDATED: EMU College of Education faculty vote to censure Regent Mike Morris over conflict of interest with the EAA

NOTE: This post has been updated.

On December 11th, the faculty of the Eastern Michigan University Department of Teacher Education, part of EMU’s College of Education, passed a unanimous vote of no confidence in the “leadership” of the EMU Board of Regents in response to their decision to remain in their partnership with Gov. Rick Snyder’s failed experiment on Detroit school children known as the Education Achievement Authority (EAA). Citing four areas where improvement was required in order for EMU to continue their involvement with the EAA, these faculty members showed that the EAA has not improved on a single one of them.…

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After Board of Regents’ inaction on partnership with the EAA, EMU’s College of Teaching staff pass vote of No Confidence

After Board of Regents’ inaction on partnership with the EAA, EMU’s College of Teaching staff pass vote of No Confidence

Last week, the Board of Regents of Eastern Michigan University revisited their interlocal agreement with Gov. Rick Snyder’s failed experiment on Detroit school kids known as the Education Achievement Authority. They had agreed a year prior to reevaluate their participation in the partnership with the EAA based on their progress on four specific items:

  • A stronger partnership is forged between Eastern Michigan University and the EAA
  • Demonstrated student achievement and progress in EAA schools
  • Fiscal accountability
  • Complete transparency of all activities, including prompt and appropriate responses to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act

Analysis of the EAA’s success at meeting these goals showed that, a year later, they have failed to make progress on ANY of them.…

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How much more of a failure does the Education Achievement Authority have to be before EMU & Gov Snyder end it for good?

How much more of a failure does the Education Achievement Authority have to be before EMU & Gov Snyder end it for good?

Yesterday, despite massive protests by faculty and students, the Eastern Michigan University chose to stay in their interlocal agreement with the Education Achievement Authority, Gov. Rick Snyder’s failed experiment on Detroit children.

Here’s how they explained themselves:

Mike Morris, the chair of Eastern Michigan University’s Board of Regents, said if he had to choose between staying the course with the school’s commitment to its interlocal agreement with the Education Achievement Authority, and having a happy faculty, staff and student body, he’d choose to keep the contract with the EAA.

“I see the eyes of those kids (in Detroit schools) who are having a chance to be successful and I hear their parents talk about ‘This is different and so much better.

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Washtenaw County Education Assn continues pledge not to take EMU student teachers until relationship with EAA is ended

Washtenaw County Education Assn continues pledge not to take EMU student teachers until relationship with EAA is ended

By April of 2014, at least eight Washtenaw County-area schools had pledged not to accept student teachers from Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education program until EMU ended its interlocal agreement with Gov. Rick Snyder’s failed experiment on Detroit school kids – the Education Achievement Authority – and disengaged from the EAA entirely.

Yesterday, the Washtenaw County Education Association renewed their pledge. Below is their position statement which reiterates that they look forward to the day when EMU students can once again teach the children in their classrooms but that their relationship with the EAA is so counter to good education practices that they cannot in good faith do so until the relationship is ended.…

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An OPEN LETTER to Gov. Rick Snyder regarding EMU’s interlocal agreement with the Education Achievement Authority

An OPEN LETTER to Gov. Rick Snyder regarding EMU’s interlocal agreement with the Education Achievement Authority

The following open letter to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was penned by Eastern Michigan University College of Education faculty member professor Stephen Wellinski. Professor Wellinski has been a leader in demanding that EMU end its partnership with Gov. Snyder’s failed education experiment on Detroit school kids known as the Education Achievement Authority.
Dear Governor Snyder

This Tuesday (December 8th) at 1:30 p.m., The Board of Regents of Eastern Michigan University will be holding their last meeting of the 2015 calendar year. One agenda item of interest is the inter-local agreement that establishes your Educational Achievement Authority. As a professional courtesy, I want to extend you an invitation to our gathering.…

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