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Friday, November 14, 2014

Op/Ed: Michigan has No Legal Obligation to Provide a Quality Public Education, So Says the State Appellate Court

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As the State of Public Education continues to decline in Michigan for the
enrichment of Wall Street associated K-12 education companies and investors,
the efforts gained by the 1950's U.S> Supreme Court Brown v Board of Education
decision continue to erode. 
Independent Underground News & Talk presents the below Guest Post by Detroit resident Carl S. Taylor about the State of Public Education in Michigan and Governor Rick Snyder's answer to what is perceived as "low-performing" Public School schools -- the Educational Achievement Authority (EAA).

An "Authority" whose tales of utter mismanagement, waste of taxpayers resources, inability to keep students and appearance of being unable to educate children in Detroit, the EAA still manages to pay legendary bloated salaries.

Whatever happened to the Republican mantra of 'performance for results?'

It would be best to assume those words fall out the window when in an effort to balance financial statements to smooth over high stake Wall Street investors take precedence, before educating Michigan's next generation.

In light of the latest Michigan Appeals Court ruling on November 7, affirming the Conservative/Tea Party position that Michigan has zero responsibility to provide quality public education for the States' children, it would be make sense why flying circus show called the Educational Achievement Authority exist.
From the Michigan Citizen - November 14, 2014:

In a blow to schoolchildren statewide, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Nov. 7 the State of Michigan has no legal obligation to provide a quality public education to students in the struggling Highland Park School District.
"A 2-1 decision reversed an earlier circuit court ruling that there is a “broad compelling state interest in the provision of an education to all children.”
The appellate court said the state has no constitutional requirement to ensure schoolchildren actually learn fundamental skills such as reading — but rather is obligated only to establish and finance a public education system, regardless of quality. Waving off decades of historic judicial impact on educational reform, the majority opinion also contends that “judges are not equipped to decide educational policy.”
“This ruling should outrage anyone who cares about our public education system,” said Kary L. Moss, executive director of the American Civil Liberties of Michigan. “The court washes its hands and absolves the state of any responsibility in a district that has failed and continues to fail its children.”
The State Appellate Court ruling would apply to any struggling academically public school district in Michigan. Down right frighting in light of the latest EAA Chancellor Veronica Conforme robust salary of $325K to supervise the education of economically-disadvantaged children in Detroit, along with the last EAA Supervisor John Covington complete failure for living up to the task of educating children at $225K a year before his forced resignation.

Conforme will earn more by the minute than Michigan's Governor, House or Senate Representatives, the Attorney General, Secretary of State, U.S. Congressional Representatives or the President of the United States.

For a State affectionately known as the "Model of Corruption", it appears the new style corruption has no bounds, even to the point of ensuring a quality, equal, public education is not found, in Michigan.

Without further ado, the Guest Post from Carl S. Taylor of Detroit.

Detroit, the EAA and the EAA's Failed Results - by Carl S. Taylor

The EAA is a perfect example of the arrogance against the citizens of Michigan.

The 'chancellor' pay is an affront to all teachers, public educators with the salary and perks.

During these lean times with many good teachers losing benefits, lowering of salaries the Money Elite can give the previous Vice Lords (EAA) bodyguards, drivers, bonus on top of salaries that outrank the governor, mayors in the poorest big city in America?

Many folks applauded when public corruption brought Kwame to prison. Where is the same treatment for the EAA corruptors. Folks are paid large sums of taxpayers money or private unknown money to exist after helping their partners to the booty to correct public education. 

This is better? The Detroit Public School District has had more failed leaders who get the bank? 

Foolish plans, shake deals, and more tricks from the EAA gang. EAA is shameful, not to mention the fact that the children are left uneducated and ready for what? Prison scholarships? That cost is the most expensive scholarship in Michigan. 

The EAA continues to put funds into ghost neighborhoods, no people, three to five kids in schools with their lackluster educational theories. The picture painted is a falsehood. 

I recently was in my old west side community with no people, yet, EAA is selling snake oil about how great their educational plan is working. Look at the payroll, follow the money, staffing and wages? 

Of course when certain transgressors of public school board transgressions are returned to the scene of the crime it makes it much easier for the likes of EAA second class service. The EAA is a feeble answer to poverty, poor students, and poor communities. This is not just Detroit, it is national. 

Detroit is just the proving grounds, the stunt dummies for trying new Trojan Horses that finish off the job of destroying post industrial America. Reduced teachers pay, benefits, like the factory workers reduced to the point of take it or leave it. Meanwhile, the raping of public funds continues with EAA's, and Chancellors with their fat salaries. 

This whole period of public policy is about as democratic as Nazi Germany.

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