Covington Needs to Explain Troubles in Kansas City Schools (Opinion)

Thursday, September 22, 2011

It's time for John Covington, chancellor of Michigan's Education Achievement Authority, to start providing fuller and better answers about leaving the Kansas City schools in the lurch.

And while we're at it, let's hear from the board that hired Covington to lead a new district of troubled schools here in Michigan about how they sorted through his desertion of a school system that was at a critical juncture in Missouri.

The situation in Kansas City--iffy when Covington bolted just two weeks into his third year at the helm--has now deteriorated to awful with the announcement this week that the district will lose state accreditation.

That means Missouri believes Kansas City can't provide education to its students in a way that meets even the most basic standards in that state.

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