Education Achievement Authority http://michiganradio.org en New EAA chief: School reform district has already "shattered the status quo," but needs to do better http://michiganradio.org/post/new-eaa-chief-school-reform-district-has-already-shattered-status-quo-needs-do-better <p>The Education Achievement Authority’s new leader says that system has already “shattered the status quo” in some of Michigan’s most troubled schools.</p><p>But Veronica Conforme says EAA leaders also need to “take a hard look” at how the district is performing.</p><p>Conforme outlined her vision for the state-run school reform district Wednesday, one day after the EAA board named her interim chancellor.</p><p>Former Chancellor John Covington, who had led the district since it launched in 2012, stepped down Monday.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18065 at http://michiganradio.org New EAA chief: School reform district has already "shattered the status quo," but needs to do better The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-56 <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics, </em>Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the latest in the same-sex marriage debate, roads funding, whether Democrats can overturn the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/democrats-sponsor-bill-roll-back-abortion-insurance-law">abortion insurance law</a>, and a new <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/bigger-usual-story-free-spending-administrator-running-amok">controversy </a>with the Education Achievement Authority.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:45:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 18051 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics Education Achievement Authority appoints interim chancellor, plans big budget cuts http://michiganradio.org/post/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 http://michiganradio.org Education Achievement Authority appoints interim chancellor, plans big budget cuts The guy with one of Detroit's toughest jobs is resigning http://michiganradio.org/post/guy-one-detroits-toughest-jobs-resigning <p>Let's do this MEAP style. Choose one of the following.</p><p>John Covington is:</p><p>A) an education visionary, brought in to turn around some of Detroit's worst schools using a model that lets kids learn at their own level, regardless of age or grade;</p><p>B) an overpaid, underperforming puppet of a state takeover of Detroit's schools;</p><p>C) It just depends on whom you ask.&nbsp;</p><p>Right or wrong, the chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority is stepping down.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Hired to fix Detroit's failing schools, amidst political turmoil&nbsp;</strong></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:07:27 +0000 Kate Wells 18023 at http://michiganradio.org The guy with one of Detroit's toughest jobs is resigning State legislators debate expanding state's controversial Education Achievement Authority http://michiganradio.org/post/state-legislators-debate-expanding-states-controversial-education-achievement-authority <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy </span>Richardville<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says he hopes there will be a final vote this week on a bill to expand the state’s controversial Education Achievement Authority.</span></p><p>That’s the state-run authority meant to turn around some of Michigan’s lowest-performing schools. Right now, the EAA runs 15 schools in Detroit. The bill would pave the way for it to expand up to 50 schools statewide.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio Network’s Lansing reporter Jake Neher&nbsp;joined us to talk about the EAA.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:34:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 17332 at http://michiganradio.org State legislators debate expanding state's controversial Education Achievement Authority Some former Education Achievement Authority teachers, parents, paint a troubling picture http://michiganradio.org/post/some-former-education-achievement-authority-teachers-parents-paint-troubling-picture <p>The state legislature is considering bills that would expand a state-led effort to turn around Michigan’s lowest performing schools.</p><p>Right now, the Education Achievement Authority is in charge of 15 schools, all of them in Detroit.</p><p>In this second half of a two-part series, we’ll hear from some people who’ve been inside the current EAA—and paint a less-than-rosy picture.</p><p></p><p><strong>“Disrupting” traditional education?</strong></p><p>Governor Snyder has long urged state lawmakers to create more policy options for turning around historically low-performing schools.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17036 at http://michiganradio.org Some former Education Achievement Authority teachers, parents, paint a troubling picture Education Achievement Authority still faces uphill fight http://michiganradio.org/post/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="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140320/POLITICS02/303200131">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 http://michiganradio.org Education Achievement Authority still faces uphill fight What's next for the EAA in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-next-eaa-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A vote is expected on a final version of a bill that would expand the Education Achievement Authority into a statewide district.&nbsp;</p><p>The EAA was created by the Snyder administration to initially oversee the lowest performing schools in the Detroit Public School system where it currently oversees 15 schools. Supporters say the EAA will give troubled schools the opportunity to turn things around, but critics say the EAA hasn’t proved that its model for education is a successful one.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brian Smith, the statewide education reporter for </span>MLIVE.com joined us today.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:02:26 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16976 at http://michiganradio.org What's next for the EAA in Michigan? The future of the EAA http://michiganradio.org/post/future-eaa <p>There aren’t many who are neutral about the EAA, or Education Achievement Authority. That’s the entity formed to improve Detroit’s worst public schools.</p><p>For some, this experiment is an abject failure. Last year, through dogged persistence, State Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton, D-Huntington Woods, turned up lots of disturbing information about the EAA.</p><p>That includes news that the authority borrowed millions of dollars from the cash-strapped Detroit school district, loans the authority then seemed determined to hide. Today, Lipton, a former teacher, calls the EAA “education deform.”</p><p>There have been revelations that at least one-quarter of the kids in EAA schools have left. There have been wildly conflicting reports as to the learning atmosphere in the 15&nbsp;EAA schools, as well as whether kids in them are making better progress.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:02:19 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16931 at http://michiganradio.org The future of the EAA Why Rep. Lipton believes her bill is better alternative to EAA http://michiganradio.org/post/why-rep-lipton-believes-her-bill-better-alternative-eaa <p></p><p>The Michigan House could vote this week to expand the Education Achievement Authority, or EAA.</p><p>The EAA was created by Gov. Rick Snyder as a separate school district for the lowest-performing 5% of schools in Michigan. The idea was that under the oversight of a state appointed emergency manager, those schools could be transformed into higher performing, stable schools. Supporters of the EAA say the district is showing student improvement. Critics of the district say the EAA is failing students and schools.</p><p>Democratic Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton is the sponsor of&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Bill 5268. She&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">poke with All Things Considered host Jennifer White.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:20:33 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16498 at http://michiganradio.org Why Rep. Lipton believes her bill is better alternative to EAA Expansion of school turnaround district stalled http://michiganradio.org/post/expansion-school-turnaround-district-stalled <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Despite a renewed push, expansion of a state turnaround entity for failing public schools beyond Detroit remains in trouble in the Legislature.<br /><br />Some majority Republicans say it's too early to know whether the 15-school Education Achievement Authority is working.<br /><br />Others contend a version of legislation floated this week doesn't guarantee a role for local intermediate school districts to run the worst schools instead. Critics also say there's no promise schools can return to their home districts once being improved.<br /> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 18:08:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16463 at http://michiganradio.org Expansion of school turnaround district stalled Open enrollment events scheduled at EAA schools in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/open-enrollment-events-scheduled-eaa-schools-detroit <p>DETROIT (AP) - Open enrollment events are scheduled this week at nine Education Achievement Authority schools in Detroit.<br /><br />Enrollment is going on for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade with welcome programs set to begin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Phoenix, Burns and Nolan schools.<br /><br />Parents can tour the school buildings and classrooms, and meet staff.<br /><br />Events at the district's six high schools will begin at noon on Thursday.<br /> Sun, 02 Feb 2014 17:46:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16273 at http://michiganradio.org Open enrollment events scheduled at EAA schools in Detroit Enrollment plummets in state-run Education Achievement Authority schools http://michiganradio.org/post/enrollment-plummets-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="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131122/SCHOOLS/311220039/Michigan-s-Education-Achievement-Authority-sees-24-percent-drop-students?odyssey=tab|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 http://michiganradio.org Enrollment plummets in state-run Education Achievement Authority schools Detroit teacher faces controversial termination by the EAA http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-teacher-faces-controversial-termination-eaa <p>One year ago, Brooke Harris<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/education-achievement-authority-part-2-tale-two-eaa-schools"> made headlines</a> when she was fired from her teaching job in Flint for helping students create a fundraiser for the family of Trayvon Martin.</p><p align="LEFT">Now, Harris is in trouble with another employer.</p><p>Earlier this month, she was fired from her teaching position at <a href="http://mumfordhighschool.org/">Detroit's Mumford High School</a>. That's one of the schools under the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/eaa">Education Achievement Authority (EAA)</a>. It's a new state-run district that oversees the lowest-performing schools in Detroit. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:03:07 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13743 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit teacher faces controversial termination by the EAA Detroit Public Schools pinning budget hopes on 5,000 new students http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-pinning-budget-hopes-5000-new-students <p>Consider this some free advertising.</p><p>Right now, Detroit Public Schools is proposing its most optimistic budget in years:</p><ul><li>No teacher layoffs</li><li>The return of after-school programming, at least in some schools</li><li>Minimal increases in class sizes</li><li>New parenting resources</li><li>A little more money for instruction: about $2 million in total&nbsp;</li></ul><p>But it’s all riding on whether the district can lure 5,000 students away from competitors.</p><p>That’s a big bet to make.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:38:56 +0000 Kate Wells 13276 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools pinning budget hopes on 5,000 new students Rhee praises Michigan school reform progress http://michiganradio.org/post/rhee-praises-michigan-school-reform-progress <p>MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) - Education reform crusader Michelle Rhee says Michigan is making progress toward improving its schools but has more to do.</p><p>Rhee is the former chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public schools and founder of an advocacy group called StudentsFirst. She spoke Thursday during the annual Detroit Regional Chamber policy conference at Mackinac Island.</p><p>Rhee is a self-described lifelong Democrat who has clashed with teachers' unions, one of the party's key constituencies. During her speech, she called for honoring the teaching profession but demanding more accountability and rewarding the best teachers with more pay.</p><p>She also supports school voucher programs, which are unpopular with many Democrats who believe they drain money from public schools.</p><p>Rhee praised Michigan's Educational Achievement Authority, which was created to improve the state's lowest-performing schools.</p><p>Watch her speech here (scroll one hour in):</p><p><iframe src="http://cdn.livestream.com/embed/detroitpublictv?layout=4&amp;clip=pla_0937d34d-cd8c-41e1-9d4c-68bd72c0fa19&amp;color=0xe7e7e7&amp;autoPlay=false&amp;mute=false&amp;iconColorOver=0x888888&amp;iconColor=0x777777&amp;allowchat=true&amp;height=295&amp;width=480" style="border:0;outline:0" frameborder="0" height="295" scrolling="no" width="480"></iframe> Thu, 30 May 2013 16:53:53 +0000 The Associated Press 12808 at http://michiganradio.org Rhee praises Michigan school reform progress Education Achievement Authority officials: Test scores show 'phenomenal' progress http://michiganradio.org/post/education-achievement-authority-officials-test-scores-show-phenomenal-progress <p>Students in Michigan’s state-run district for the lowest-performing schools <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130528/SCHOOLS/305280393/EAA-says-test-results-show-students-making-phenomenal-progress?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">are making “impressive” strides.</a></p><p>At least, that’s how officials with the Education Achievement Authority are interpreting new test data.</p><p>The third set of online Scantron Performance Series tests administered to EAA students this year show what Chancellor John Covington calls “phenomenal” progress in reading and math.</p><p>District officials say 56% of all students demonstrated at least a year’s worth of progress in reading, and 65% did so in math.</p><p>Covington says most EAA students start out way behind, so it makes sense to measure growth rather than specific benchmarks.</p><p>He says these scores prove the district’s philosophy of “student –centered learning” and “meeting students where they’re at” is yielding results.</p><p>“Children aren’t able to move from one level to the next until they have clearly demonstrated they have mastered those standards and those requisite skills they need to move to the next level,” Covington says.</p><p>The district for the lowest-performing 5% of schools is only operating in 15 former Detroit Public Schools right now.</p><p>Governor Snyder is pushing to take the EAA statewide. But it’s <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130502/OPINION05/305020048/EAA-education-Snyder-Michigan-schools-Ellen-Lipton">faced considerable questions and opposition</a> from Democrats and other critics, as legislation to codify the district in state law recently stalled in the State Senate. Wed, 29 May 2013 05:19:27 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12781 at http://michiganradio.org Education Achievement Authority officials: Test scores show 'phenomenal' progress Stateside for Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-may-8th-2013 <p>On today's program, we explore the idea of secret work groups crafting public policy in Lansing, and how transparent Michigan's government should be.</p><p>And we look at whether expanding the lottery to the internet is a good idea.</p><p>We'll also hear how new technology being developed here in Michigan might be able to help authorities identify potential threats in airports or in large crowds. Wed, 08 May 2013 21:21:53 +0000 Stateside Staff 12479 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 EAA progress report: how 15 failing Detroit schools fared this year http://michiganradio.org/post/eaa-progress-report-how-15-failing-detroit-schools-fared-year <p>How do we rescue and turn around schools that are failing?</p><p>That's one of the biggest challenges concerning the education system in Michigan. Governor Snyder and many in the Legislature - especially Republicans - favor the EAA as a solution.</p><p>The education Achievement Authority is a new school system for Michigan's worst-performing public schools. Since last fall, 15 Detroit schools have been run under the EAA, changing the educational experience for nearly 10,000 students and 400 teachers.</p><p> Wed, 08 May 2013 21:01:14 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12480 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: wolf hunt, EAA borrows millions from DPS, unemployment down http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-wolf-hunt-eaa-borrows-millions-dps-unemployment-down <p><strong>Lawmakers try to block referendum to wolf hunt</strong></p><p>"The state Senate has approved legislation that would make a voter referendum on wolf-hunting in Michigan irrelevant – even before the question has been formally approved for the November ballot. The measure would name the wolf and 38 other animals as game species. That’s despite a looming voter challenge to a new state law that allows wolf hunting," Rick Pluta<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-one-step-closer-avoiding-referendum-wolf-hunt"> reports.</a></p><p><strong>Education Achievement Authority in financial trouble, borrows $12 million from DPS</strong></p><p>The state run school district meant to turn around the lowest performing schools has been found to borrow $12 million from Detroit Public Schools.&nbsp; The <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/eaa-best-solution-low-performing-public-schools">Education Achievement Authority</a> took over 15 former Detroit Public Schools this school year.</p><p><strong>Unemployment rate down statewide</strong></p><p>"Michigan says that the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate is down statewide and in all 17 major labor markets. The lowest rate in the March report was for Ann Arbor at 5.1 percent. The highest was for the northeastern Lower Peninsula at 13.1 percent," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 11:26:44 +0000 Emily Fox 12301 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: wolf hunt, EAA borrows millions from DPS, unemployment down