School districts around the state are “doing the math” this month, and the bottom five percent of high schools in the state will face some difficult choices, thanks to changes in Federal and State education policy.
While “No Child Left Behind” focused attention on getting all schools to raise test scores for all students, the Obama administration has shifted its focus.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Fighting for Inclusion, Detroit's Place in Civil Rights History
The education policy focuses on closing or reforming the worst performing schools, especially those that produce a high proportion of dropouts.READ MORE: Karen Carter, and Others Metro Detroiters Chipped In To Help Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread Radiothon
Schools in this bottom five percent will need to close, become a charter school, hire new staff members, remove their principal, or present a plan to transform their building.MORE NEWS: Granholm Confirmed By Senate To Be Next Energy Secretary
Click here to read the speech on ‘Turning Around the Bottom Five Percent.’