We are excited to have a new chapter in Utica, Michigan, called Parents Across Utica Community Schools.
They reached out to PAA for help with their Broad superintendent and a Board President who also runs a “virtual learning academy.”
They are asking for our help – please “like” the Parents Across Utica Community Schools Facebook page and follow them for updates and action alerts.
Their story, which follows, can be found in somewhat greater detail on our blog:
The Utica Community Schools is the second largest district in Michigan and has had a strong educational and financial track record. However, Governor Rick Synder certified UCS Board President Carol Klenow as an Emergency Financial Manager. This gives Klenow the power to close schools at will as was seen in Detroit under the rule of Broad Academy graduate Bob Bobb when he served as Emergency Financial Manager of Detroit Public Schools.
After UCS began eliminating a number of classes from their curriculum, the virtual academy run by Board President Klenow indicated that they would offer many of the courses that had been cut from the curriculum. Broad-trained Superintendent Christine Johns has also dismantled many successful district programs and terminated positions, only to rehire them to third-party companies such as the online learning company Dreambox and Discovery Education, which offers digital textbooks and online teacher “assessment services” at a high price.
Klenow was also appointed by the Governor to be on the State Officers Compensation Commission which determines the compensation, benefits and expense accounts of the Governor’s Officers including all state officers and legislators. These officials and representatives are some of the highest paid in Michigan’s legislative history.
The Governor, State Legislature and other state government executives profit from Klenow determining their compensation. Private companies, such as Calvert Educational Services, profit as more students with tax-payers’ dollars are enrolled in their company’s curriculum thanks to state legislators lifting the cap on cyber schools. Many individuals will profit while education methods, as offered by the Oakland County Virtual Learning Academy Consortium and Digital Promise remain untested and unproven, destroying many of the opportunities for students across Michigan.