- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Michigan’s turnaround district for low-performing public schools has named its interim leader as the new chancellor following a months-long search.

The Education Achievement Authority board unanimously voted Wednesday to hire Veronica Conforme, who has served in the interim role since June. The decision came weeks after the other finalist dropped out of consideration to take a different job.

Conforme previously oversaw 130,000 employees and a $23 billion budget as a New York City schools chief operating officer. She replaced John Covington, who stepped down after three years as EAA chancellor.

EAA Board Chairwoman Joyce Hayes Giles says timing conflicts didn’t allow for a planned public forum to hear input from parents. She says the board didn’t slight the public and Conforme had already doing critical work in the district.

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