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EAA chancellor doesn't have a chauffeur; he just makes his body man drive him around

by: Eric B.

Fri May 16, 2014 at 11:00:00 AM EDT

At some point, someone is going to ask just what we're getting from our collective investment in this guy.

The Education Achievement Authority is denying that its chancellor uses a “chauffeured car service,” refuting an allegation from a lawmaker who has been an outspoken critic of the district.

Chrystal Wilson, spokeswoman for the EAA, said Chancellor John Covington does not have a chauffeur, but a “special assistant” who drives him and other officials along with performing a host of other job duties. Her comments today were in response to Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton’s call for the district to return any money spent in connection with the practice.

“Rep. Lipton is mischaracterizing the work of the special assistant to the chancellor who has many duties to help run the district,” Wilson said. “It is a common practice in Michigan that superintendents have district-provided vehicles.”

It might be common practice for school districts to provide superintendents with cars, especially superintendents who have to drive roads first thing in the morning and decide whether the weather is too terrible for school, but it's not common practice for school districts to provide special assistants to drive the superintendent around.

This is all beside the point that this guy doesn't appear to be doing a very good job. EAA schools aren't turning around like they should, and that's not terribly surprising given this guy's track record in Kansas City. At what point do we say that if you have to pay talent to retain talent that you can also retain mediocrity with the same money? And, at what point are we overinvesting in administrators when where you need real talent is in the classroom?

Eric B. :: EAA chancellor doesn't have a chauffeur; he just makes his body man drive him around
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