D's Abandon Gov on Bobb
gutsy move to install an Emergency Financial Manager in the
financially-challenged Detroit Public School system.
But she is receiving extraordinary low marks from two Democrats
running for the State Board of Education.
At a public forum at the Macomb Intermediate School District the
other night the pair of Democrats gave that manager, Dr. Robert Bobb,
Asked if the governor, also a democrat, was wrong to endorse the
Bobb appointment, Democrat Lupe Ramos-Montigny responded, "in my mind,
Close behind was the other Democrat Elizabeth Bauer who is an
incumbent on the State Board of Education. She described some of Dr.
Bobb's moves as "unforgivable."
As for the grades, Bauer did give him a "B" for the decisions to
turns the district's finances around but and "F" on the academic side.
She took strong exception to ranking special education teachers out of
their classrooms and moving them into regular classrooms when Bobb
discovered he had a shortage of instructors.
Ms. Ramos-Montigny believes that "superintendents and school boards
should be in charge," which is a sentiment shared by many Detroiters
who are unhappy that Bobb was brought in. She gave him a grade of
"D-minus to an F."
In strong contrast, the two GOP candidates for the board gave Bobb
much higher marks.
"A-plus,' answered Dr. Richard Zeile who lives in Detroit. "We
thank God in Detroit for Robert Bobb. We are praying for his success."
Former SBE member Eileen Weiser is running again and awards Bobb
with an "A-minus to a B" for his work at DPS. "The state must do
this," in troubled school districts she told the 100 citizens who
attended the exchange.
Blogger Correction: Thanks to the House GOP Leader Kevin
Elsenheimer for pointing out a mistake in yesterday's blog on the
budget. Rep. Craig DeRoche (R-Oakland County) was not the Speaker of
the House during the shutdown years ago. He was the minority leader
but as such he did try to blow up the budget deal some other
Republicans and Democrats were trying to iron out to avoid the
shutdown. He was part of the problem and not the solution.