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Vol. 45, No. 71

Aug. 26, 2011

Commissioner Statement on Current Status in Kansas City

John Wm. Covington, Ed.D., outgoing superintendent of the Kansas City School District, today was selected as the first chancellor of the Education Achievement System (EAS) in Detroit, Michigan. The Education Achievement Authority took action to hire Covington this afternoon.

“While this removes any doubt that John might reconsider his resignation, it does not change the need for careful planning and deliberate action in developing both a short- and long-term strategy for ensuring the success of the Kansas City School District,” said Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro. “The Department will continue to work closely with the staff, the board of education and the community."

The EAS is a new statewide school system that will operate the lowest 5 percent of schools in the state of Michigan not achieving satisfactory results. The system is an independent, free-standing entity governed by an Educational Achievement Authority that is established through an inter-local agreement between Eastern Michigan University and Detroit Public Schools. The system's initial operation will be in Detroit.