Vendors won't send DPS textbooks

DETROIT - Students in Detroit Public Schools will begin classes with only 60 percent of the textbooks they need, according to the Detroit Free Press. 

Superintendent Connie Calloway told the board of education that two vendors will not deliver books due to past payment problems.

"One said that because of our past records of not paying invoices, they will not deliver our textbooks for this year until we pay for next year as well," Calloway told the board, the Free Press reported. "Our feeling is that vendors cannot hold us hostage. We are the 15th-largest district still in this nation."

Also at the board meeting, Calloway called her performance evaluation illegal because the board did not give her any goals or objectives to meet.

Detroit Free Press, "Books will be late - again," Aug. 15, 2008

Michigan Education Digest, "Contractor says DPS owes almost $600,000,"
March 11, 2008