Eastern High School Could Be Controlled by the State
The E.A.A. may be taking control of the lowest performing schools in Michigan Video by fox47news.comvideo
A bill state lawmakers are talking about could have the state running "Eastern High School." Public testimony is going on now, on the "Education Achievement Authority" taking over the lowest- performing schools in Michigan.
Eastern High is in its third year of being on the list of five percent lowest achieving schools in the state. If the new bill is signed into law, the education achievement authority can take over if grades don't improve. The E.A.A. currently operates 15 schools in Detroit. The legislation calls for expanding it to 50 schools.
Students are grouped by ability for each subject and non-traditional grades. They also have longer school days and a longer school year.
The Lansing school district is still fighting to keep its schools out of it. The legislation to expand the state run super district was first introduced last year. Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canu says this new version is an improvement and gives Eastern High a better chance to stay with L.S.D.
Supporters of the E.A.A. say 40 percent of all students within this system are expected to close the achievement gap in reading and math by August. Under the new bill, schools in the E.A.A. can get out if they're off the five-percent of lowest performing schools for four straight years.