Michigan superintendents need more authority to make tough cuts

Friday, February 28, 2014

State Superintendent Mike Flanagan told state lawmakers today that superintendents in Michigan need more authority to make tough fiscal decisions in struggling districts where school board members are reluctant to act.

“A lot of the problems come down to governance,” Flanagan said. “It’s hard for local boards to make the tough decisions, but they have to be ready to do that.

“It’s so clear in so many districts where buildings should have been closed years ago,” he added. “But then suddenly 2,000 people show up at a board meeting and it becomes hard for them to pull the trigger.”

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