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Contender for EAA chancellor drops out

Shawn D. Lewis
The Detroit News

One of the two remaining candidates in the running for chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority has withdrawn from the race.

Carlton Jenkins, superintendent of Saginaw Public Schools, decided not to run following the EAA's decision to extend the interim chancellor's contract for a second time, through Dec. 31, according to an EAA spokesman. The move to extend Veronica Conforme's contract would have given the state-run school recovery district two more months to decide between her and Jenkins.

"It has come to the attention of the Education Achievement Authority's Board of Directors, that Dr. Carlton Jenkins has withdrawn his candidacy for the position of chancellor," said Board Chair Joyce Hayes Giles. "I want to personally wish Dr. Jenkins well in all of his future endeavors, and we thank him for considering the EAA."

The EAA board will be holding a special meeting within the next two weeks to discuss the next steps.

Conforme, former chief operating officer of New York City Public Schools, took the post as interim chancellor in June. She had been an adviser to the district since January.

The state-run system started in 2012 to turn around 15 low-performing schools in the state.