Governor Snyder has alienated almost every experienced teacher, academic, and educational administrator (not to mention countless families) in his "relentlessly positive" attempt to privatize public education in Michigan; but the good news is that he has managed to secretly train and motivate a vast educational army hidden somewhere (sources think it may be near the farms surrounding Ada, Michigan where Lisa Lyons has established a base) that he can quickly deploy as soon as HB6004 passes during a lame duck legislative session.
It might be this week!
You see HB6004 fully establishes the Educational Achievement Authority (EAA)as part of our way of life, fundamentally changing public education in Michigan.
Governor Snyder's hidden army (and, I paraphrase here, from the House Analysis sheet) will "amongst other things"
provide innovative, flexible, transparent, safe, efficient, effective public educational services throughout the state to design quality public elementary and secondary programs, to improve learning environments and student achievement for all students, including but not limited to educationally disadvantaged , to expand flexibility and adaptability for student learning models and styles; to stimulate innovative public school methods; to create new professional opportunities for teachers within a public school structure; choices for parents; to encourage technology on line learning; public and private partnerships; to renovate, repurpose school buildings; to acquire and develop sites, including athletic and recreational facilities; to expand the number and types of public entities permitted to operate public schools; and to provide new forms of school governance.
The mission is straightforward, if a bit redundant and layered for those concerned with the size of government or local control: the state, Snyder argues, can do all this for Michigan schools only if Michigan schools get out of the way and stops trying to do this while the Governor's (hidden, but apparently ready to move) army steps on top of currently existing schools.
For those that want to feel the academic might of these shock troops you can review the EAA skirmishing forces as they work on 15 schools that used to be part of the Detroit Public Schools.
This elite unit is putting all its resources in to the classroom -- "for the kids", of course. This lightweight, fast moving assault force is, however, in need of a few chiefs to supplement its motivated Indians.
The EAA is hiring a
1) Deputy Chancellor
2) Chief Officer of Human Capital
3) Chief Officer of Accountability (my favorite -- as we can never have enough accountability)
4) Chief Officer of Business Affairs
5) Chief of Staff
6) Executive Director of Communication
AND, OF COURSE, WHAT EVERY SECOND GRADER NEEDS THE MOST THESE DAYS
7) General Counsel
So Birmingham, BHSD, Troy, GP parents hold on just a little longer -- rescue forces are on the way! Longstanding problems in Detroit schools have been solved this fall and resources can be redeployed to help you now. We don't know what kind of vehicles this educational army will be moving in....traditional teacher cars (Honda Civics, Escorts, etc. are so 20th Century). I would look for the Hummers.