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Michigan plans steps to close failing schools

Aug 16, 2016

The Michigan school reform office plans to put chronically low-performing schools on notice that they might be closed by next June.

Natasha Baker is with the state school reform office and she says low performing schools that have improved should be looked at as an example and will stay open. 

"[Improving schools] make the necessary decisions to make sure that their schools can turn around quickly, and I think Michigan would be better off if we looked at those success stories," Baker says.

Baker says getting kids into better schools is the priority.

"Our goal now is to face the facts, understand where we are, use data to make the right decisions in the name of getting kids into better performing school options," she says.

The state reform office has not decided which schools, or how many schools, it will close down.