education reform en Education Achievement Authority appoints interim chancellor, plans big budget cuts <p>It’s only Wednesday, but it’s already been a very turbulent week for the Education Achievement Authority.</p><p>The EAA board met Tuesday, the day after former Chancellor John Covington announced he was resigning for personal reasons. Covington was not in attendance as board members accepted his resignation.</p><p>The EAA is a state-led “reform district” for Michigan’s lowest-performing schools.</p><p>It’s Gov. Rick Snyder’s chief education initiative, and Covington has been at the helm since it launched in 2012 with 15 former Detroit Public Schools.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18050 at Education Achievement Authority appoints interim chancellor, plans big budget cuts Education Achievement Authority still faces uphill fight <p></p><p>The state Legislature could soon give Gov. Snyder something he’s wanted for a long time: a bill that would clear the way for the controversial Education Achievement Authority to expand.</p><p>The Senate is <a href="">now considering a bill passed by the House</a> that would, among other things, allow the EAA to expand beyond Detroit. The state-run district for the lowest-performing schools is the governor’s signature education initiative.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:39:17 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16997 at Education Achievement Authority still faces uphill fight The long road ahead for Detroit education reform <p><em><strong>Benchmark: Schools</strong></em></p><p>Ana Rosa Cabrera joined several moms in a classroom at Bennett Elementary for a&nbsp;Zumba&nbsp;session one morning earlier this month. The moms stretched and danced as their instructor, a Spanish-speaking ball of energy dressed in fluorescent greens, directed them in&nbsp;merengue-like&nbsp;maneuvers from a DVD playing on a TV screen.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 17:44:31 +0000 Chastity Pratt Dawsey 16280 at The long road ahead for Detroit education reform Study: Michigan is national leader when it comes to for-profit charter schools <p>Nearly 80% of Michigan’s charter schools are <a href="">managed by private, for-profit companies</a>, according to a <a href="">new report</a> from the National Education Policy Center.</p><p>The report shows that when it comes to privately-managed public charter schools—those run by Education Management Organizations (EMOs)—Michigan is a stark anomaly.</p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 17:35:22 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15468 at Study: Michigan is national leader when it comes to for-profit charter schools Enrollment plummets in state-run Education Achievement Authority schools <p>Michigan’s attempt at a state-run “turnaround district” for the lowest-performing schools is bleeding students.</p><p>The Educational Achievement Authority is one of Governor Snyder’s signature policy initiatives. It launched in the last school year, with 15 former Detroit Public Schools.</p><p>State data now show the <a href="|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">EAA lost more than 2,000 students since last school year</a>. That’s nearly a 25% decline.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:53:51 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15404 at Enrollment plummets in state-run Education Achievement Authority schools With Education Summit, some hints and questions about Snyder's education priorities <p><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 11pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'>Business leaders and others share their thoughts on the future of Michigan’s education system Monday.</span></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:00:35 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12231 at With Education Summit, some hints and questions about Snyder's education priorities The Education Achievement Authority, Part 3: True reform, or a questionable experiment? <p>The Education Achievement Authority is up and running right now in 15 Detroit schools.</p><p>Michigan’s state-run “reform district” for the lowest-performing schools is already controversial.</p><p>In the eyes of Governor Snyder and its champions, the EAA is the best way to assure that schools don’t linger in failure for years on end.</p><p>In the eyes of critics, it’s already a failed experiment that threatens the very heart of public education in Michigan.</p><p>In the final installment of a three-part series, Michigan Radio takes a look at both sides and what the future might hold.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:30:49 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12160 at The Education Achievement Authority, Part 3: True reform, or a questionable experiment? Stateside: Study surveys the state of education in Michigan <p></p><p><em>The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio file.</em></p><p>A recent study called <a href="">“The Public’s Agenda for Public Education”</a> surveyed more than 5,000 Michigan residents to learn how to best improve public education.</p><p>John Bebow, president and chief executive of the Center for Michigan and Amber Toth, outreach director for the Center for Michigan, were both involved in the study.</p><p>They spoke today with Cyndy about the survey and the state’s future goals for education reform.</p><p>“Those who most need that economic ladder that a great education provides, are feeling least well served by today’s system,” said Bebow.</p><p>One student with whom Bebow spoke was using dated textbooks.</p><p>“We had a student in a community conversation say, ‘my government textbook says Ronald Reagan was the last president.’ We had other people at the opposite end of the spectrum concerned about how we spend money. There are so many concerns expressed. This survey is by no means a lambasting of the education service industry. People are concerned…” said Bebow. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:58:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10885 at Stateside: Study surveys the state of education in Michigan Stateside: Education reforms aim to change schools' formats <p>The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate are looking at a series of proposals that could drastically change the state’s education system.</p><p>Jeff Williams of <a href="">Public Sector Consultants</a> and MLive reporter Tim Martin addressed the various reforms.</p><p>According to Martin, the proposals were met with a variety of responses.</p><p>“The folks in favor of it tend to be people who now offer alternatives to the traditional K-12 school districts. Some of the traditional K-12 districts feel these changes are coming too fast. They’re worried about the model and what it might mean for them from a financial standpoint,” said Martin.</p><p>The proposals would change the way schools receive funding. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:34:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10186 at Stateside: Education reforms aim to change schools' formats Report: Michigan students falling behind their peers nationally in math, reading <p><a href="">A new report</a> shows Michigan students over the past decade have fallen far behind their peers in other states when it comes to math and reading.</p><p>The &quot;What Our Students Deserve&quot; report by the nonprofit Education Trust-Midwest compares <a href="">National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) </a>test scores in reading and math for fourth and eighth graders around the country.</p><p>According to the report, Michigan now <a href="">ranks near the bottom</a> in most subjects and grades.</p><p>Amber Arellano, executive director of Education Trust-Midwest, says Michigan students have been stuck in the same place for the past decade, while students in other states have been improving.</p><p>She says it&#39;s like a marathon, where She likens it to a marathon:</p><p>&quot;We can see the other runners in this race, they&rsquo;re all going much faster and much farther than our kids are.&quot;</p><p>Michigan&#39;s African American students ranked last in 4<sup>th</sup> grade reading among the 45 states reporting in 2011.</p><p>But Arellano says it&rsquo;s not just low-income, urban or minority children who are struggling. White students in Michigan ranked 13<sup>th</sup> in the country for 4<sup>th</sup> grade math in 2003. Last year, they were 45<sup>th</sup> in the country. Thu, 09 Feb 2012 15:30:51 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6162 at Report: Michigan students falling behind their peers nationally in math, reading Group at work to create "evaluation tool" for Michigan teachers <p>Discussions are underway to figure out how best to evaluate Michigan&rsquo;s teachers.</p><p>Governor Snyder has tasked a group of five people to develop a so-called &ldquo;teacher evaluation&rdquo; tool as part of the state&rsquo;s new <a href=",1607,7-277-57577-259445--,00.html">teacher tenure law</a>. The law contains a lot&nbsp;about teacher evaluation, but <a href="">doesn&rsquo;t&nbsp;detail</a> what the evaluation would look like.</p> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 13:43:24 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5459 at Group at work to create "evaluation tool" for Michigan teachers Neighborhood schools vs. "choice" debate about money, culture, and local control <p>American public education has a strong tradition of neighborhood schools within locally-controlled school districts. But that&rsquo;s changed in recent years.</p><p>The vast majority of Michigan school districts participate to some degree in what&rsquo;s known as schools of choice&mdash;meaning they&rsquo;ll accept some students from outside their district&rsquo;s borders.</p><p>Now Governor Snyder wants to make schools of choice mandatory. But many people are against that&mdash;including many in the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe.</p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 16:45:40 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5037 at Neighborhood schools vs. "choice" debate about money, culture, and local control Transparency issues for new state school district <p>The new statewide school system for the lowest-performing 5% of Michigan schools faces growing criticism over transparency.</p><p>The Education Achievement Authority will formally start with a few Detroit schools in 2012. That means the district doesn&rsquo;t have any students or any money yet&mdash;except for private donations.</p> Wed, 26 Oct 2011 21:42:36 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 4710 at Transparency issues for new state school district State Senate introduces more sweeping education reforms <p>A state Senate panel began hearings yesterday on a package of sweeping education reforms. This is the second round of major changes proposed to Michigan&rsquo;s education system this year.</p><p>The package of bills include measures that would allow more charter schools in the state, allow schools to hire teachers from private companies, and require districts to open empty seats in classrooms to students who live outside of the area.</p><p>Representatives from the education community say the proposals are controversial. Senate Education Committee Chairman Phil Pavlov says, he does not think so.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not sure I&rsquo;d use the word &lsquo;controversial,&rsquo; I mean we having a conversation about choice for parents and students in the state and that shouldn&rsquo;t be controversial,&rdquo; Pavlov says.</p></blockquote><p>Pavlov also took the lead on the debate over teacher tenure reform earlier this year. Pavlov says Governor Snyder supports some of the reforms. Pavlov says he does not have a timeline to get this round of education reforms through the Legislature.</p><p>Representatives from the education community say they are concerned these proposals are based on politics and not research of successful education reforms. Thu, 08 Sep 2011 10:23:23 +0000 Laura Weber 4070 at Schools of choice proposal stirs debate <p>Opposition is mounting to a proposed requirement that all school districts in Michigan accept students from outside their borders. It&rsquo;s part of Governor Snyder&rsquo;s education reform plan. Legislation could be introduced as early as today.</p><p>Lynn Jacobs co-founded the group <a href="">Michigan Communities for Local Control </a>to fight the proposal:</p> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 17:31:07 +0000 Sarah Hulett 3897 at Schools of choice proposal stirs debate Judge signs injunction, orders CMU faculty back to work <p><strong>Update: 5:08 p.m.</strong></p><p>The Central Michigan University Faculty Association plans to comply with Judge Duthie&#39;s order.</p><p>From their <a href="">press release</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Laura Frey, CMU Faculty Association President said, &ldquo;We will obey the court order and return to work tomorrow. But this does not end the issue. The faculty remains strong and committed to securing a fair and equitable contract for members.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 21:08:55 +0000 Mark Brush 3860 at Parents: The Forgotten Element <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4">The world will probably little note nor long remember a meeting a legislative committee held in Lansing yesterday. But it should.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">The subject was education reform, something that&rsquo;s been a hot topic for the last few years - especially perhaps in Michigan.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">What everybody agrees is that for many students, our schools no longer seem to work. In some places, notably Detroit, many fail to graduate from high school. Others graduate, but lack the skills to make a living or to get more education.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">We don&rsquo;t really like to think about the implications of that. But the bottom line is that we are turning out hundreds of thousands of&nbsp; young people who have essentially no chance at legitimate jobs that will pay enough to allow what we think of as a decent lifestyle. Think about what that means for society.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">In the modern economy, these folks&rsquo; future would be pretty hopeless even when times are good. Our politicians have been focusing on what&rsquo;s wrong with the schools.</font></font></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">But what gets discussed too seldom is something that has little to do with what happens in the schools themselves. Even the best educators are terribly handicapped if they don&rsquo;t have&nbsp;solid support from the students&rsquo; caregivers at home.</font></font> Thu, 11 Aug 2011 17:10:35 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 3707 at Parents: The Forgotten Element Snyder announces members to new Education Achievement System <p>Governor Snyder has announced the appointment of 11 people to the board of the new <a href="">Education Achievement System</a>. Back in June, <a href="">Snyder announced the creation of the EAS</a> which will <a href="">take over and run</a> Michigan&rsquo;s lowest performing schools, beginning in Detroit.</p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Two members were appointed by the Detroit Public Schools, two by Eastern Michigan University and seven by the governor.</p><p>The Detroit school appointees are emergency financial manager, Roy Roberts and Detroit Parents Network director Sharlotta Buckman.</p><p>The Eastern Michigan appointees are American Electric Power chief Mike Morris and university regent Jim Stapleton.</p><p>The gubernatorial appointees are Detroit Medical Center chief Mike Duggan, Skillman Foundation chief Carol Goss, the Rev. Joseph Jordan of Hamtramck&#39;s Corinthian Baptist Church, Meijer president Mark Murray, VITEC chief William Pickard, New Detroit chief Shirley Stancato and Lansing Community College associate vice president Judith Berry.</p></blockquote><p>The Education Achievement System will begin in the 2012-2013 school year. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 10:51:35 +0000 Zoe Clark 3607 at Snyder announces members to new Education Achievement System Fixing Michigan's failing schools, what Detroit can learn from New Orleans <p></p><p>Michigan will try a drastic new approach to fix its failing public schools. The state will put what it designates as &ldquo;persistently low-performing schools&rdquo; in a special, statewide school district.</p><p>The effort will start in Detroit. The city&rsquo;s public school system has gained national attention for its rock-bottom test scores and budget deficit. In fact, the school district is currently under an emergency manager.</p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 20:45:29 +0000 Jennifer White 2978 at Fixing Michigan's failing schools, what Detroit can learn from New Orleans School reform announcement scheduled for Detroit <p>Governor Rick Snyder, state Superintendent Mike Flanagan and Detroit Public Schools emergency manager Roy Roberts are scheduled to make an announcement regarding school reform later this morning in Detroit. The Detroit Free Press <a href="|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Gov. Rick Snyder will create an authority to run several failing Detroit public schools as part of sweeping changes to be announced today for the city&#39;s struggling school system, sources said Sunday.</p><p>The plan would restructure the failing Detroit Public Schools, which has a $327-million deficit on an operating budget of about $1.5 billion, by moving its underperforming schools under an authority to be run by the district&#39;s emergency manager, Roy Roberts, according to sources. Schools would qualify for the new system if they are deemed below certain academic standards by the Michigan Department of Education&hellip;</p><p>It&#39;s unclear exactly how many DPS schools would be transferred to a new authority. DPS already has a program under way that would close or convert to charter about half its schools.</p><p>Under the plan to be announced Monday, DPS schools not labeled as underperforming would remain under the authority of Roberts, a former top executive at General Motors, in the same manner as they are today. There are no plans to dissolve the school board, sources said.</p></blockquote><p>Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, is scheduled to take part in the announcement via a live feed from Washington, D.C.. Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:21:25 +0000 Zoe Clark 2954 at