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Michigan Statewide District For Struggling Schools Funded By Private Donors

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JOHN COVINGTON
Dr. John Covington, left, walks through the halls with Kettering High School principal Patricia Murray during his first day on the job in Detroit, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. Covington, the new chancellor of Michigan's Education Achievement Authority, started a job running a new statewide school district for Michigan's neediest schools in Detroit with no staff and no budget, and has defended his record in the Kansas City School District after Missouri education officials revoked the district's ac | AP

The new statewide school district for Michigan's worst K-12 schools is being funded by $2 million in private dollars pledged this year, making it the only district in the nation supported primarily by donations, experts said Tuesday.

Start-up money for the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) will be held by the new Michigan Education Excellence Foundation. It was incorporated in August, two days before former Kansas City, Mo., Superintendent John Covington was hired to be the EAA chancellor.

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