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Corporations to finance Michigan schools restructuring

Corporations will help the state pay a $1.6 million four-year compensation package for the head of the newly created statewide district for failing schools.

The Detroit News reports that former Kansas City School Superintendent John Covington has signed a contract with the Michigan Education Achievement System that includes a $175,000 signing bonus and a beginning salary of $225,000.

Sara Wurfel, a spokesman for Gov. Rick Snyder, said Covington would be paid with funding from a nonprofit. “Dr. Covington’s salary will be covered through a 501c(3) entity with a mix of public dollars coupled with primarily foundation, individual and corporate donations,” she said.

Mlive reports that the Education Achievement System board hired Covington without considering other candidates.

The Kansas City Star slammed Convington for looking for a new job without letting anyone know.

With the school year so new and plans just launched to expand a new learning approach in 10 schools, a departure now could distract teachers and jeopardize the district’s chances at remaining accredited.

Covington’s unwillingness to resolve differences offers a poor lesson for students and shows disrespect for a community that has wholeheartedly supported him in his short tenure.

His hasty departure should alarm his next employer.

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