Education Achievement Authority
The Michigan Legislature adjourned for the year without authorizing the expansion of a state turnaround district for failing public schools, again thwarting Gov. Rick Snyder’s push for the legislation.
A flurry of activity for lawmakers in Lansing, passing a number of bills on their last working day of 2013.
The state’s Education Achievement Authority, which currently operates low-performing schools in Detroit, has lost nearly a quarter of its students in the past year.
Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law earlier this week laying the groundwork for two deficit-ridden Michigan school districts to be closed before the fall and for their students to be sent to schools nearby.
The Republican-led House approved legislation to give the state control over more of Michigan’s lowest-performing public schools, sparking a fiery debate over the course of action needed to help persistently failing students succeed in the classroom.
A Republican-controlled education committee on Wednesday forwarded to the full House for a vote a bill that would expand the state’s authority to take the reins at low-performing schools.
The Detroit Board of Education has voted to wipe-out all the changes implemented under Michigan’s old Emergency Manager law.
Students enrolled in 15 new Education Achievement Authority schools will have to get used to a longer school year.
The new chancellor of Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority is defending his record in the Kansas City School District after Missouri education officials revoked the district’s accreditation.
The man hired to turn around Michigan’s lowest-performing schools once led a district that wound up losing its accreditation Tuesday.