Losing Faith in Managerial Government in Michigan


In a post to this blog in December, I reported on the decision by the Board of Trustees of Eastern Michigan University (EMU) to continue the university’s involvement in the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) that Governor Snyder’s administration created ostensibly to “save” Detroit’s “failing” public school system. That decision was made in the face of escalating protests by the faculty and students at EMU, as well as by many other educational and community groups. As I wrote in that post, the EAA has promoted charter schools at the expense of the already under-funded public schools, while producing no improvement in the educations being provided to Detroit’s children and while creating all sorts of opportunities for corruption, graft, and corporate profiteering.

Now the EMU Board of Trustees has reversed itself on the EAA. In an article written by David Jesse for the Detroit Free Press, Eastern Michigan Regent Jim Stapleton…

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