Nick Krieger (@nckrieger):
Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Steve Rhodes (he wants you to call him a “transition manager,” but he’s actually an emergency manager under state law) has announced the membership of his DPS “transition team.” And, lo and behold, there isn’t one educator on it. Surprised? I didn’t think so. Let’s see who made the cut:
1. Jay Alix and others from Alix Partners, people who were very involved in the General Motors bankruptcy. Ok, I get the need for accountants and financial consultants. But why the Alix folks if the whole idea is to prevent DPS from needing to file for bankruptcy?
2. A couple of Dan Gilbert’s employees. Geez, I bet they know a ton about education.
3. Kelly Rossman-McKinney and John Truscott, just in case there are any public-relations disasters that get out of hand.
4. A couple of corporate people and a labor guy, none of whom probably knows anything about school finance.
5. Eugene Driker. You know, the lawyer who’s getting paid $400,000 in state taxpayer dollars to defend Governor Rick Snyder in the Flint Water Crisis case. What a good choice.
These are some pretty odd appointments if you ask me. Rhodes must be even more tone-deaf than I thought. It’s just more proof that he and Snyder have no intention of involving regular people in the process.