Last week, voters in Michigan repealed the state’s draconian emergency manager law, which allowed a hand-picked appointee of the governor to abolish public education in financially stressed districts. In two of those districts, the emergency manager turned the children over to for-profit charter chains.
To compensate for the repeal, the Legislature in Michigan plans to expand the powers of the Achievement Authority Chancellor. The Achievement Authority is a non-contiguous district into which the state will cluster all low-performing schools. It is currently headed by John Covington, who was trained by the unaccredited Broad Superintendents Academy. Covington previously served as superintendent of Kansas City, where he proposed to close half the district’s public schools but resigned on short notice to take the higher-profile job in Michigan. Soon after his departure, Kansas City lost its state accreditation.
Under the new law, if it passes, Covington will have a free hand with the state’s lowest performing schools.
He will be the czar of the largest school district in the state of Michigan.
What will Covington do? Stay tuned.
The new law will wipe out all rights that employees previously had:
(B) A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT APPLICABLE TO EMPLOYEES
16 WORKING AT THE PUBLIC SCHOOL BEFORE THE IMPOSITION OF THE
17 ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL INTERVENTION MODEL SHALL NOT APPLY TO PERSONNEL
18 AT THE PUBLIC SCHOOL AFTER THE IMPOSITION OF THE ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
19 INTERVENTION MODEL.
20 (C) AN EMPLOYEE WORKING AT THE PUBLIC SCHOOL AFTER THE
21 IMPOSITION OF THE ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL INTERVENTION MODEL WHO WAS
22 PREVIOUSLY EMPLOYED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OTHER THAN THE STATE
23 REFORM DISTRICT THAT PREVIOUSLY OPERATED THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SHALL
24 NOT ACCRUE SENIORITY RIGHTS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OR ACCRUE
25 CREDITABLE SERVICE UNDER THE PUBLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT ACT
26 OF 1979, 1980 PA 300, MCL 38.1301 TO 38.1437, WHILE WORKING AT THE
27 PUBLIC SCHOOL AFTER THE IMPOSITION OF THE ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL