EAA doomed from day one, critics say

Nov 5, 2015 by

But spokesman insists problems are in the past, new financial controls will turn around state-run district

The recent hits on the public educational systems in Detroit have given critics the ammunition needed to call upon the state and Gov. Rick Snyder to stand down.

These critics cite the recent federal corruption investigations into the Education Achievement Authority as an example of how the governor’s experiment of taking charge of 15 underperforming schools in Detroit was doomed to fail from the onset.

The problems within the local school systems revealed by the probes — including the lack of internal controls that have long plagued the Detroit Public Schools and allegations of how the EAA is conducting contracts with vendors and possible ghost vendors who may have bilked the authority, according to the critics have only continued to erase confidence in the state’s actions.

And recent reports that convicted Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett, a former DPS chief academic and accountability officer, had helped to “fraudulently steer” a $40 million contract during her tenure in Detroit to the Houghton Mifflin Harcout publishing firm in Boston further arms those critics.

Source: Thompson: EAA doomed from day one, critics say

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.