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Facing Dual Crises, Former Flint Manager Resigns as Detroit Schools Head


Facing Dual Crises, Former Flint Manager Resigns as Detroit Schools Head

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

On the same day that he refused to testify before Congress on his role in the Flint water crisis, Detroit Public Schools emergency manager Darnell Earley announced he would resign as leader of the embattled school district effective February 29.

Earley, who served as Flint's emergency manager from September 2013 until January 2015, was one of five witnesses invited to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Wednesday, as the lead-poisoning scandal continues to unfold.


Earley knows what side his bread is buttered on no matter how cowardly and unsavory his behavior was/is. He is taking his money and running. Do not count on him “biting the hand that fed him” (Snyder). When the light is turned on, the rats start scurrying.


Everyone fighting for Detroit’s schools should keep their eyes on the prize, and keep insisting that every single Detroit Public School become as modern, clean, safe, and well-equipped as every school in the Detroit suburbs, such as the new Bloomfield Hills High School that opened just a few months ago, featuring: “a two-story media center, a fireplace for fireside chats and a grand staircase that will double as seating for special events. There are also flexible learning spaces and lots of small areas for students to study.” Paid for by “a $59-million bond proposal. The district kicked in $20 million for the project.”

So long as the Governor insists on keeping state-mandated emergency management over the school district, it’s his responsibility to make sure that Detroit kids have access to an education that’s of an equal quality to that across the city line.


It is so nice to hear the fry pan sizzle


Let’s give Bro Earley the Chertoff-Brown award for government administration. I wonder how much of the lead soaked water he either drank or showered in whiie in Flint? Or did he even show up at the scene of his crime?


The entire notion of amputating democratic process through the corporate business model of “emergency manager” can now be stamped FAILED. The Wisconsin version tight on its heels.

Hard as the Snyder/Walker et al type model might try, its cannibalistic methods cannot and will not last forever. Nor will the ravaging legacy woven into corporate flight to constant expansion escape the impoverishment it has created. The mirror will eventually shatter - and most likely sooner rather than later.

Media power of derivative sound bite is not the same as sound critique and people are increasingly taking a pass on any offers for a ringside seat for the ‘big top’ collapse of the ponzi circus in the financial sector. That will be viewed from across the divide - maybe a few glances over our shoulders, on brief breaks, while we rebuild on firmer, healthier, more sustainable ground.

Darnell Early has a chance to get on the right side of history.


Earley might be one of the few deserving participants in the school-to-prison pipeline.


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If ever there was an instance of a payoff to keep quiet, this is it.


In a perfect world, perhaps. Read the article about the state of public education in the US that appeared on CD today. State legislatures have been co-opted by ALEC (Michigan and Wisconsin are prime examples) and as long as the fix is on, our hopes for safer, cleaner, updated PUBLIC schools are diminished…IMO. Reagan dismantled and hamstrung one of the most efficient, strongest school systems (K-University) in the world while he was governor and it has been downhill for public education since then. State funding of education continues to decline with declining tax revenues (look at Idaho and Mississippi) and federal funding that is tied to standardized test scores has undermined public education across the board…burdening teachers, traumatizing students, costing school districts million$$$, Add to this, the big push to privatize public education with charter schools (the new investment for hedge funds) and vouchers for several years and you see what we now face.


Uncle Tom.


Or a straw dog who becomes the scapegoat. He was put up there as a hatchet man by white right-wing republicans, much as black overseers and butlers were set up in direct control of the slaves. Or Jews set up as tax collectors by their feudal or royal “protectors” in eastern Europe… All to deflect the hatred while perpetuating an oppressive class system.

Of course Earley was willing to take the job. So of course he should come clean and admit his responsibility.


Well, that’s exactly my point. An Uncle Tom is an African American who will do anything to curry favor with the white overseer, including betray his own race.


They won’t cooperate? We need indictments and arrests ASAP.


I agree with you in part, but calling him an Uncle Tom places the blame too squarely on him, when it’s clear to me, at least, that the right-wing racists who are only interested in carrying out the ALEC agenda and who don’t give a rat’s ass about Blacks, Hispanics or poor people in general, probably picked him because of his previous experience in Saginaw but also because he was conveniently a non-white who would get blamed and from whose performance the racists could then generalize by implication about the corruptibility and incompetence of Blacks. As a European transplant, I try to be careful and no longer rush to use the term Uncle Tom.


Duh. Or, as George Orwell put in 1939, “we have now sunk to a depth at which the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”


Exactly. The repubs want to make government so dysfunctional that the people will lose faith in it and acquiesce to privatization of everything.


Black Republican = Uncle Tom. Always.


Let’s hope the Gov and Mr. Earley get close cells in jail so they can talk about what went wrong!!