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Expansion of school turnaround district stalled

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio
Michigan allows the lowest-achieving 5 percent of public schools to be placed into a turnaround district. The district has been transferred to the EAA, a system running 15 troubled Detroit schools.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Despite a renewed push, expansion of a state turnaround entity for failing public schools beyond Detroit remains in trouble in the Legislature.

Some majority Republicans say it's too early to know whether the 15-school Education Achievement Authority is working.

Others contend a version of legislation floated this week doesn't guarantee a role for local intermediate school districts to run the worst schools instead. Critics also say there's no promise schools can return to their home districts once being improved.

Michigan allows the lowest-achieving 5 percent of public schools to be placed into a turnaround district. The district has been transferred to the EAA, a system running 15 troubled Detroit schools.

But Gov. Rick Snyder has been unable to codify and expand the EAA into the law for 16 months.

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