Nine Michigan school districts were named “top school districts” and featured recently on a Detroit television program on the state’s best schools. A website bestschoolsinmichigan.com also features the nine schools. How did they earn the honor? You’re guessing test scores, graduation rates, or college acceptances maybe?
Cold, hard cash.
AnnArbor.com reports the districts paid $25,000 each to a Detroit-area public relations firm to be “named.” Incredibly, officials at some of the districts quoted in the story seem to see nothing wrong with the arrangement. If the PR firm that cooked up this scheme really wants to cash in, perhaps their next program should be on Michigan’s worst schools. Think of how much they could charge schools wanting to be left out.
(H/T Bill Evers)