Paul Pastorek, former state superintendent of schools in Louisiana, has been advising Michigan Governor Rick Snyder since June 2014, less than a year. Pastorek’s claim to fame was his “success” in eliminating public education in Néw Orleans. A liberal advocacy group filed a Freedom of Information request for all emails between Pastorek and certain state agencies. It received a bill of $52,000 +. Information, it seems, is very costly, costly enough to bankrupt anyone who asks for it.
“Progress Michigan, a liberal think tank based out of Lansing, requested all communications between Paul Pastorek, one of Snyder’s education advisers, and employees of the Michigan Department of Education, Education Achievement Authority and Michigan Department of Treasury.
“The Department of Education and EAA both turned over emails between Pastorek and their employees for free, but the Department of Treasury sent Progress Michigan an estimated cost of $52,108.72 for the same bill.
“According to the letter to Progress Michigan, obtained by MLive, the department estimated each of its 1,286 employees would need to spend two hours searching their emails for communications with Pastorek. Each of those hours would cost the state $20.26 per hour, according to the letter.”
This is very odd. It takes me about four seconds to search my emails for a name. Why would every single employee of the state Department of Treasury require two hours to locate correspondence? Surely 90% or more had none.
Why the Department of Treasury?
“Some in the field already question the Department of Treasury’s role in education. It appoints emergency managers that control five Michigan school districts and so-called early warning legislation in the Michigan Legislature could give the Treasury more power over oversight of schools in bad financial shape.”