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He's the chancellor, he spends money around here. You just learn here.

by: Eric B.

Mon May 12, 2014 at 09:30:58 AM EDT


So, the EAA has been basically a collossal failure. It hasn't improved the education of students attending its schools. There are serious morale failures. All of this was predictable since the guy hired to run the thing came abruptly from Kansas City where he did a pretty horrendous job turning around his last school district. It's so bad that our benevolent overlord had a tough time expanding his pet project to pay people handsome sums of money to do a good job at being education executives, no matter how mediocre their job performance. Now, we find out how high sits the king.

Detroit— Nearly $240,000 in travel, gas and IKEA furniture was charged on two credit cards of the chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority in less than two years, records obtained by The Detroit News show.

As teachers complained about funding problems so severe they bought supplies with their own money, Chancellor John Covington and his staff charged $178,000 on hotel and airfare traveling to 36 cities from April 2012 to February, according to his credit statements.

Also charged: nearly $10,000 in gas for Covington’s chauffered car, $25,000 at IKEA and $8,000 combined at Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Meijer, Home Depot and Lowe’s. In October and November alone, the EAA charged $38,000 to send Covington, staffers and teachers to conferences and seminars in Baltimore, Dallas, New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Raleigh, N.C., and Allentown, Pa.

There's more. A lot more.

It's really the travel that is galling. There's a handy map showing where they've gone and how many people were paid to attend those conferences with him. Given how much time Jon Covington and his staff are on the road, it's small wonder that the school district he's running is showing such shitty results.

Eric B. :: He's the chancellor, he spends money around here. You just learn here.
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