DERRICK THOMAS ACADEMY FILES CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY, LEAVING TEACHERS IN LIMBO. By Wayne Hodges
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Eddie Kane Jr. of the Five Heartbeats once sang, “Nights like this I wish raindrops would fall.” In the aftermath of the latest debacle at the Derrick Thomas Academy, one can fancy teachers warbling the exact same verse. DTA, the embattled Charter School riddled by massive debt and sub par grades, filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy less than two weeks ago, leaving educators mired in limbo. “I just thought ‘Wow, another thing,’” said Janet Nash-Mckamie, one of the teachers at the school.
Named after Hall-of-Fame linebacker Derrick Thomas who started the ’3rd & Long Foundation’, DTA closed its doors for good in June amid alarming concerns tied to financial mismanagement and poor academic performance. Still, nobody saw bankruptcy coming.
Teachers who didn’t receive their final paychecks were notified of the chapter 7 filing by mail. School administrators aren’t returning phone calls and refuse to talk. “They’re mute, they’re silent, no they don’t want to talk to us,” Nash-Mckamie said.
According to bankruptcy documents, DTA reported liabilities in the range of $10 million and $50 million. The school also listed between 100 and 199 creditors, which includes teachers like Janet who are wondering if they’ll ever get paid.
“The debtor attorney explained to me that we should be able to get a portion of our wages. They’re not guaranteeing all of it, but a portion,” said Nash-Mckamie who, despite owning three college degrees, can’t find a job.
“Trying to keep my head up and stay optimistic.”
Eddie Kane Jr., quite sadly, couldn’t have howled it any better.
Wayne Hodges II, the social media sorcerer, is the Blogger-in-Chief of the Mass Appeal Network. He’s also a business columnist for Madame Noire, he’s a political blogger with Examiner.com, and he’s a film critic with America’s MassAppealNews.com. Email Wayne Deuce anytime at [email protected]