One thing that clearly doesn’t rock when it comes to Detroit schools: corruption.
Cheating kids out of an education is a problem in many cities, but Detroit – more than anywhere else – can’t afford any more bad news.
The Detroit News is reporting that the plea agreement scheduled today for Kenyetta Wilbourn Snapp, a formerly respected principal accused of a kickback scheme, has been cancelled.
The article says:
A plea agreement scheduled for Monday morning for former Detroit high school principal Kenyetta Wilbourn Snapp has been canceled and no new date has been set.
Snapp, the onetime principal of Mumford and Denby high schools, was to enter into a plea deal Monday morning with the U.S. Attorney’s Office before U.S. District Judge David Lawson in Detroit for charges she faces as part of a kickback scheme at the Education Achievement Authority.
A statement from the United States Attorney’s Office said Snapp’s court appearance will be rescheduled.
Snapp is charged with bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, money laundering and federal tax evasion as part of a scheme in which she allegedly stole school funds to enrich herself.
The 40-year-old faces up to 20 years in prison on the money laundering charges.
In December, a federal grand jury in Detroit indicted Snapp and former EAA contractors Glynis Thornton and Paulette Horton, several weeks after the FBI subpoenaed personnel files and bank records or email account information for more than a dozen current and former EAA officials.
Thornton and Horton are also charged with bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery and money laundering. Thornton is expected to enter her own plea deal on Thursday. Horton’s plea hearing is Feb. 25.
Can we all agree that our kids deserve schools that make the news for all the right reasons, not for more shady business deals?