With the release of his Financial and Operating Plan on Monday, Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, has thrown down the gauntlet to the working class. Employing the threat of bankruptcy as leverage, Orr is calling for a savage attack on a population already plagued by unemployment, declining wages and poverty.
Detroit is on the front lines of a national and international strategy of the corporate and financial elite, in which increasingly dictatorial methods are being employed to force through deeply unpopular measures.
If you can't persuade people of your point of view, game the system to force it down everybody's throats.
A major teacher lawsuit has been settled between the school district of Montgomery County, Maryland, and a group of teachers accusing an elementary school principal of harassment and retaliation:
Both sides signed a confidentiality agreement that bars release of the terms of the settlement, which The Washington Post confirmed late Thursday. A joint statement from attorneys in the case said only: “This case has been settled to the satisfaction of all parties.”
Five teachers and an attendance secretary who used to work at Kemp Mill accused Floyd D. Starnes, who started in 2007, of violating numerous laws and school system policies. They charged that Starnes denied services to special education students and advised a young teacher not to report suspicions of abuse to Child Protective Services. The teacher reported it anyway and alleged that Starnes retaliated after investigators visited the school.
Starnes, who remains in the position, did not return an e-mail seeking comment and was not available at the school. School officials who said they were speaking on his behalf said he would not comment.
So why is he still employed by the district?
Of course. School districts never get rid of principals unless forced to do so.