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Former leader of Michigan's district for worst-performing schools gets $74,000 in severance


DETROIT — Records show the chancellor of a turnaround district for Michigan's worst-performing schools got more than $74,000 in severance after resigning.

John Covington left the job that paid $325,000 a year in mid-June, saying he was leaving to care for his ailing mother and become a school consultant.

The Detroit News reports ( ) records it obtained show Covington signed a separation deal that agreed to pay $74,158 in unused time off and two weeks' pay, but the Education Achievement Authority wasn't obligated to pay him anything because he quit.

Michelle Crockett, the EAA's general counsel, says the money is "not above and beyond anything he'd already earned."

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder created the Education Achievement Authority in 2011. Covington formerly was superintendent of the Kansas City, Missouri, school district.

Information from: The Detroit News,

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