Tag: Emergency Managers

After refusing to “point fingers”, Gov. Snyder points fingers at Congressional #FlintWaterCrisis hearing

After refusing to “point fingers”, Gov. Snyder points fingers at Congressional #FlintWaterCrisis hearing

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder began his opening statement before the House Government Oversight Committee hearing on the Flint water crisis by saying, “I am not going to point fingers.” In the same statement and in comments made during questioning, he then blamed the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the failure to […]

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Former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley plays the victim at #FlintWaterCrisis Congressional hearing

Former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley plays the victim at #FlintWaterCrisis Congressional hearing

Yesterday’s Flint water crisis hearing held by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was an astonishing thing to watch. As the beleaguered city is still reeling from the poisoning of its drinking water and the death of at least nine people from Legionnaires’ Disease, one of the men chiefly responsible for the catastrophe declared said that he’s been “unjustly […]

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The buck only stops with Emergency Managers when things go well, not for the #FlintWaterCrisis

The buck only stops with Emergency Managers when things go well, not for the #FlintWaterCrisis

As we know all too well here in Michigan, once an Emergency Manager takes over a city, none of the elected leaders holds any power. In fact, anything they have done up to that point is considered to have been done by an inept, possibly corrupt, group of elected officials. Otherwise, an Emergency Manager wouldn’t have been needed. It’s at […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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State loan to Flint during #FlintWaterCrisis came with deadly string attached: Must not return to Detroit water system

State loan to Flint during #FlintWaterCrisis came with deadly string attached: Must not return to Detroit water system

The Michigan Democratic Party released shocking documentation this morning showing that a $7 million emergency loan to the city of Flint in April of 2015 came with a very deadly sting attached. Two actually. First, they were not allowed to return to water supplied by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD). Second, they were compelled to remain in the Karegnondi Water Authority, a regional water system that won’t be completed until this summer. The two conditions had the effect of forcing Flint to stay with the Flint River as its source of drinking water, a decision that has led to the poisoning of Flint residents 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 […]

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#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: Even the Emergency Manager knew about Legionnaires’ Disease spike nearly a year ago

#FlintWaterCrisis news round-up: Even the Emergency Manager knew about Legionnaires’ Disease spike nearly a year ago

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Michigan Dems offer a one-sentence bill to repeal Emergency Manager Law that GOP apologists irrationally still defend

Michigan Dems offer a one-sentence bill to repeal Emergency Manager Law that GOP apologists irrationally still defend

On Monday, Michigan Democrat David Knezek introduced Senate Bill 734. The bill contains a single sentence: The local financial stability and choice act, 2012 PA 436, MCL 141.1541 to 141.1575, is repealed. Wouldn’t it be beautiful if the entire anti-democratic failed experiment known as Michigan’s Emergency Manager law, a law and policy that has done so much harm to our […]

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BREAKING: Former Flint Emergency Manager, current overseer of Detroit Schools to resign, refusing to testify before Congress

BREAKING: Former Flint Emergency Manager, current overseer of Detroit Schools to resign, refusing to testify before Congress

Darnell Earley, the former Flint Emergency Manager and current Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager will resign on February 29th according to a statement released by Gov. Snyder this morning on the state website. Earley, who has denied he was responsible for any of the problems in Flint or Detroit Schools, is quoted in the statement as basically saying, “Mission Accomplished”: […]

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Detroit Schools Emergency Manager on deplorable conditions in school buildings: ::SHRUG::

Detroit Schools Emergency Manager on deplorable conditions in school buildings: ::SHRUG::

The outrageous working/learning environment in some of Detroit school buildings has gotten national and even international attention over the past few months. Over the past month, teachers have staged multiple “sick-outs” to protest the deplorable conditions they are forced to try to teach in, resulting in multiple school closings. Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Emergency Manager Darnell Earley has tried twice […]

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