Detroit, Education, Emergency Managers, Flint — March 4, 2016 at 10:58 am

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.

During Earley’s tenure at DPS, the school buildings continued to fall apart with shocking images being made public of massively warped gym floors, mushrooms growing out of walls, pools of water from leaking roofs and windows, and black mold spores throughout the buildings. The outrageously horrendous environment Detroit children are forced to learn in and DPS teachers are forced to teach in is one of our state’s most shameful failures. Darnell Earley did nothing to correct this and, in fact, made it worse.

And now Gov. Snyder’s administration is going to pay him $20,000 more than the average Michigan teacher makes in a whole year for five more months of his services. And he’ll be paid using our tax dollars.

Every day that passes I think I can’t be more shocked by the ineptitude of the Snyder administration.

And every day they prove me wrong.