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Detroit’s Solution to Public School Problems: Appoint a Bankruptcy Judge to Lead!

In what will likely be viewed by pro-business governors as a stroke of genius, the Rick Snyder, the Governor of MI who overlooked the reports from his staff that the water in Flint was full of lead, has now appointed Steven Rhodes, a recently retired bankruptcy judge, as the head of Detroit’s public schools. Given the report that the 47,000 Detroit students are currently housed in 92 schools, it is evident that some action needs to be taken to close some schools or, given what I’ve read about their condition and the condition of the economy Detroit, close ALL the schools and build, say 47 new ones. Instead I expect Mr. Rhodes to do what bankruptcy judges usually do: gut contracts; cut pensions; cut “frills” like social workers and guidance counselors from the budget; and low salaried at-will employees to replace all of those retiring from the schools. Here’s hoping the children in Detroit are not subjected to the same ham-handed management as the children in Flint… Wait! What’s that you say? This new school leader is replacing the same individual who was in charge when Flint let the leaded water run unabated? I guess things can only go up at this point!

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