Friday, March 05, 2010

The Education Wars: Bribery

There is no other term for this outrage that Detroit Public Schools administrator and Eli Broad hack Robert Bobb received some $81K in "raises," much of it from private foundations.

It's a goddamned bribe is what it is.

Staying a second year in Detroit has netted Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb an $81,000 raise, most of it coming from private foundations.

Bobb will make $425,000 under his one-year contract extension that took effect Tuesday, compared to $344,000 in his first year on the job, according to a copy of the contract obtained by The Detroit News.

His base salary will increase from $260,000 to $280,000 and he'll also get $145,000 in supplemental income from the Los Angles-based Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and other unidentified philanthropic organizations. That's up from $84,000 in private money last year.

The raise sends a bad message to district employees, Detroit Federation of Teachers President Keith Johnson said, since it comes as hundreds of district employees have been laid off and union workers have been asked to make steep concessions.

"I think it is really disingenuous to get what amounts to an $80,000 raise when so many people are being asked to take pay cuts," Johnson said

Taechers, however, are "overpaid."

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