Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pitch a Snitch!

 Who is Darnell Early? Meet Darnell Early.

If you are unfamiliar with the Flint water crisis then you are unfamiliar with Darnell Early. Clearly he loves children as his decision to change the water supply will have long lasting repercussions for the children of Flint.

Mr. Early's new idea is not having a plunger provided to people or Teachers in Michigan for hall passes, but instead devised an internal "snitch" order to have Teachers whistleblow on each other for calling in sick, when they are not.  This shit does not make itself up! I have long said that Teachers often mirror the students when in realty they actually teach this.  There is a vindictive quality to education and Mr. Early seems to have learned that lesson well.

I only hope John Oliver rants about this mess as it is surreal to find that in Michigan you can fuck up to this level, be promoted, retain a job and not be prosecuted for some type of civil or criminal action. Thankfully the Teachers figured that much out and filed suit. It will not make it past Summary Judgment but the process needs to unfold to understand the level of duplicity and incompetence that contributed to this fiasco.

The level of blame and finger pointing will go down well trodden roads of accusations of racism but Mr. Early is black so that one will take a pass, but as all Municipal workers regardless of race the concept of self preservation is one of which I am not unfamiliar. The reality is that we have a system shattered in many cities that have been decaying for decades.  One only needs to be reminded of the fracking issues that provided the  fascinating anomaly of having water be aflame.  

Much of this is the obsession with drowning government as the philosophy of the right, the reality is that as you cut taxes and cut deals with businesses to avoid paying even the bare minimum you have to find alternative ways to find resources. So in order to function, Government  has become an obsessed  with fines, fees and other regressive measures that often if not exclusively affect the poor.   In this case it is double whammy. From Flint to Detroit I find it odd that when they speak of recovery they mean with regards to the tech sector, the hipster millennial and that crowd that has an app for everything but how to keep our country from collapse.


Teachers' Union Sues Detroit Schools, Demands Removal of Emergency Manager

(Reuters) - The union for Detroit public school teachers sued their district on Thursday demanding immediate removal of a state-appointed emergency manager and a return of local control with a plan to repair its crumbling buildings.
Detroit Public Schools (DPS) is under state oversight and pressure from declining enrollment. Heavy pension and debt obligations have left the district in danger of running out of cash in April.
The district's emergency manager, Darnell Earley, previously served as emergency manager in Flint, Michigan, where growing criticism of the state and federal handling of lead contamination in tap water has become a national scandal.
The state lawsuit filed by the Detroit Federation of Teachers accuses Earley of allowing buildings and finances to deteriorate so severely that the district is no longer providing a minimally sufficient education.
"While descriptions of the conditions have shocked the world, apparently they haven't shocked DPS and Darnell Earley into taking action," union Interim President Ivy Bailey told a news conference.
Bailey said teachers and parents have raised health and safety concerns for years only to be snubbed by the district and its emergency managers and it was time to restore local control.
The union has said teachers are frustrated over crumbling walls, rats, mold in classrooms and student overcrowding, combined with a teacher shortage and low pay.
"Like other parents, I feel ignored by a school district that doesn't seem to care," said Shoniqua Kemp, a plaintiff in the lawsuit whose children go to school in an excessively hot building with no working water fountains and boarded-up windows.
The lawsuit follows a mass demonstration by teachers who called in sick on Jan. 20 in such large numbers that all but nine of the 97 public schools were forced to close that day, leaving 44,790 students out of class.
Another sick-out protest over working conditions forced about two-thirds of the schools to close on Jan. 11.
Earley said plans to address building disrepair are part of a financial investment proposal before the legislature.
"The investment of these funds will be necessary to implement a badly needed, districtwide long-term capital improvement plan," Earley said in a statement.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has been pushing a state response to the district's pension and debt obligations, which would require legislative approval, over court options.
Bills introduced in January in the legislature would create a new entity to run the schools and use the current DPS to retire debt.

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