John Covington

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.

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