Detroit Public Schools emergency manager http://michiganradio.org en This is bigger than the usual story of a free-spending administrator running amok http://michiganradio.org/post/bigger-usual-story-free-spending-administrator-running-amok <p>To the surprise of no one, John Covington resigned abruptly yesterday, with a year left on his expensive contract.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">He was the controversial head of Detroit’s controversial Education Achievement Authority, usually known as the </span>EAA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Both Covington and Gov. Rick Snyder insisted he wasn’t fired. This was clearly for appearances sake, and for appearances’ sake, both men are probably lucky they are not Pinocchio.</p><p>For the last year, there has been a steady stream of stories about problems with the authority, which was set up to run 15 of Detroit’s worst schools. Most recently, we learned that it has been spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel, sending administrators and teachers to a lot of expensive conferences.</p><p>The Detroit News revealed the authority spent $10,000 on gas for Covington’s chauffeur-driven car, money that could have been spent on teachers, computers and the classroom. So he is gone, and the people I know there won’t miss him.</p><p>But this has more importance than the usual story of one free-spending administrator running amok. And that is because Gov. Snyder wants to expand the EAA to at least 50 schools statewide. A bill that would allow that has passed the state House of Representatives, but hasn’t yet made it through the Senate. It should now be clear that they need to go slow.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:08:30 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 18032 at http://michiganradio.org This is bigger than the usual story of a free-spending administrator running amok Open enrollment events scheduled at EAA schools in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/open-enrollment-events-scheduled-eaa-schools-detroit <p>DETROIT (AP) - Open enrollment events are scheduled this week at nine Education Achievement Authority schools in Detroit.<br /><br />Enrollment is going on for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade with welcome programs set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Phoenix, Burns and Nolan schools.<br /><br />Parents can tour the school buildings and classrooms, and meet staff.<br /><br />Events at the district's six high schools will begin at noon on Thursday.<br /> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 17:46:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16273 at http://michiganradio.org Open enrollment events scheduled at EAA schools in Detroit Detroit Public Schools leave federal oversight, gain 'incremental independence' http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-leave-federal-oversight-gain-incremental-independence <p>After five years, the Detroit Public Schools has<a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131118/SCHOOLS/311180070/Detroit-schools-out-high-risk-status-after-5-years?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p"> been removed from “high-risk status.”</a></p><p>The Michigan Department of Education gave Detroit federal high-risk status in 2008, after a federal audit revealed some serious financial discrepancies amounting to about $53 million.</p><p>But the state says the district has put enough safeguards in place now to relax its monitoring.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 03:58:34 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15336 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools leave federal oversight, gain 'incremental independence' Detroit Public Schools enrollment up 14% in high schools http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-enrollment-14-high-schools <p>Detroit Public Schools is reporting a 14 percent increase in enrollment for students in grades 9-12. Overall enrollment is still down by two percent, but that's a smaller decrease than previous years.</p><p>According to numbers collected by the district on count day, nine of DPS's 19&nbsp; high schools saw an increase in students.</p><p>DPS launched an enrollment campaign over the summer in an effort to meet projections included in the district's budget. Despite enrollment increases in some high schools, DPS still didn't meet those goals.</p><p></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:34:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15093 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools enrollment up 14% in high schools