Education Achievement Authority Bill Heading to House Floor

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About 20 educators from around Mid-Michigan stood together on Wednesday at Eastern High, a school that may fall into the Education Achievement Authority (should it expand) because of low student performance.

"I urge you to let your legislators know this is not the way Michigan would choose to be known as the state that dismantled the system of public education," said Lansing School District Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul.

However, she wouldn't say yet what the district will do if EAA expands and if Eastern High falls into it.

"When the decision comes out I'll have to rally with my board of education."

Some expressed hesitation about if this new kind of state-run district works, saying there's not enough evidence. However, supporters of the legislation cited data, arguing 20% of students in EAA schools already achieved one year's growth in reading and math. Rep. Pete Lund, R-Shelby Township, says schools that should worry are those that consistently fail, that is being in the bottom 5% in performance for at least three years in a row.

"What students should have to suffer three years without any quality education. This is something that's going to come back to all of us in Michigan. We're going to have to be paying for these people because these kids are not going to be able to come out of school to do anything," said Rep. Lund.

Eastern High is in its third year, but the superintendent is staying hopeful that students are improving.

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