State House Passes EAA Expansion Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Republican-controlled state House has approved a bill that would expand a program to include more of the state's lowest-performing schools
The legislation that passed 57-53 on a mostly partly line vote Thursday would expand the Education Achievement Authority program currently operating in 15 Detroit schools.
Schools could be under the program if they're in the bottom 5 percent of lowest-achieving schools for three straight years. The number of schools would be capped at 50.
Majority Republicans say the authority gives students at failing schools a chance of success.
Democrats say the program hasn't been in place long enough to know if it's working.
Democratic Rep. Rashida Talib of Detroit says Michigan "children are not experiments and shouldn't be treated as such."


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  • by edward Location: lansing on Mar 22, 2013 at 03:37 AM
    How are these Michigan schools underachieving? The State of Michigan says they invest millions of dollars from the lottery into education. So if they are throwing dollars at these schools and are not getting a positive outcome, how do they think if they "run" theses schools thing will get better. Teachers can only do some much of the educating of children. The parents have to play an active role in educating their children. It is all about giving everyone equal access to resources.
  • by Name Location: Location on Mar 21, 2013 at 05:15 PM
    bottom 5% for three straigh years. What they are doing is not working so why not try something else. There is school of choice and that works.
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