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Education

Is the EAA the best solution for low-performing public schools?

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O.k., o.k., we know this one is empty, but some high school students in the Detroit Public Schools say their classroom are far from empty.

There's a movement in Michigan to expand the Education Achievement Authority, a new school system for Michigan's lowest-performing public schools.

Since last fall, 15 Detroit schools have been run under the EAA. Now, there's movement to expand the EAA to include more under-performing schools.

The State House has already passed legislation that would expand the system, despite objections from Democrats who say the legislation is premature. Democrats say that there needs to be more research that suggests the EAA is really working before moving ahead with any sort of legislative expansion.

State Democratic Representative Ellen Cogen Lipton of Huntington Woods is one of those Democrats. Last month, Representative Lipton filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to get answers concerning the success of the EAA.

Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Representative Lipton about what she found, and how she believes Michigan should proceed with EAA legislation.

To hear the full audio, click the link above.

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