Editor’s Note: How ed board lost reformer

Ingrid Jacques
The Detroit News
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If State Board of Education members wanted a real school reform candidate, they erred in not moving Alan Ingram, deputy commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, to the final round of candidates for the next state superintendent of Michigan.

Massachusetts is often used by education advocates as the example Michigan should follow as it seeks to boost academic performance.

Board President John Austin says he had support on the board last week for Ingram, but that board members changed course last minute after Snyder issued his executive order moving the state reform office from under the Education Department. It retaliation, the Democrats instead went with Oakland Schools Superintendent Vickie Markavitch, who has an anti-charter school record. Ingram had wanted the job and had reportedly dropped out of the running for a similar post in Connecticut.

Michigan’s next education boss will now come from inside the state. This would have been a great opportunity for a fresh vision. But that ship has sailed.

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