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School officials, Democrats: Snyder school reform chief won’t meet

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Democrats and local officials in some cities say they’re getting the cold shoulder from the state’s school turnaround chief.

In Lansing, school officials say Governor Rick Snyder’s School Reform Officer, Natasha Baker, refused to meet with them because they wanted to bring an attorney.

They’re seeking details of announced plans for schools with poor test scores that include shutdowns. They say the reform office is sowing fear and uncertainty as the school year is about to start.

Democrats in the Legislature are also crying foul.

State Representative Adam Zemke is the ranking Democrat on the House Education Committee.

"What’s going on at the state reform office and this unaccountable behavior has got to stop," he says.

When contacted, both Baker and a spokesperson for the School Reform Office would not comment on the complaints. 

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