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Democracy Watch: Politics Compel EMU Board To Keep EAA Alive

Democracy Watch: Politics Compel EMU Board To Keep EAA Alive

2015-12-10 00:00:00

In a move characterized by critics as both overtly political and terribly damaging, the Board of Regents for Eastern Michigan University on Tuesday decided to keep the controversial Education Achievement Authority breathing when the board ducked a vote that could have pulled the plug on this abject failure.

The test subjects of this misguided educational experiment have been the children attending the 15 low-performing Detroit schools that Gov. Rick Snyder placed in the EAA when he created it four years ago.

Guyette: How the EAA's Buzz Program Exploited Detroit's Most Vulnerable Kids

Guyette: How the EAA's Buzz Program Exploited Detroit's Most Vulnerable Kids

2015-09-24 00:00:00

In June of 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder stepped behind a microphone at Detroit's Renaissance High School to announce the start of a revolutionary new approach to education in Michigan.

The problem of poor academic performance would be addressed in dramatic fashion.

"We do have too many failing schools in our state," he said. "If you look at us statewide, only 16 percent of our kids are college-ready. That's absolutely unacceptable.

"We need to focus on a new way of doing things."

The target would be Michigan's lowest-performing schools. The bottom 5 percent.

Buzzkill: How the EAA Exploited Detroit’s Most Vulnerable Kids

Buzzkill: How the EAA Exploited Detroit’s Most Vulnerable Kids

2014-09-24 00:00:00

In June of 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder stepped behind a microphone at Detroit's Renaissance High School to announce the start of a revolutionary new approach to education in Michigan.

The problem of poor academic performance would be addressed in dramatic fashion.

"We do have too many failing schools in our state," he said. "If you look at us statewide, only 16 percent of our kids are college-ready. That's absolutely unacceptable.

"We need to focus on a new way of doing things."

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