[NEW] Nov. 22, 2013 – Detroit parents voting with their feet, leaving the EAA in droves as teacher turmoil, financial questions emerge:
Michigan’s EAA sees 24% drop in students, The Detroit News
As the name suggests, this website provides useful insight to policymakers, parents, and the public, who are interested in learning more about the operations of the Michigan Education Achievement Authority. Just click on the header above to gain access to the EAA documents that address the topic you are interested in. The PDF files are downloadable and word searchable.
The information on the website today includes documents obtained from Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton’s Freedom of Information filing. In the days ahead InsidetheEAA.com will be providing documents from other Freedom of Information Act filings as they are made available. Return to learn more or follow the RSS feed below to receive updates.
Here is some of what EAA documents have revealed so far:
Chaotic Finances - FOIA requests have revealed a chaotic financial picture, with district officials scrambling to make ends meet through a combination of a $6,000,000 revolving line of credit from the financially troubled Detroit Public Schools and State Aid advances from the Department of Treasury. The EAA even benefited from Foreclosure Settlement monies, getting millions more than the Scam Victim Restitution Fund.
Students Leaving – Students have flowed out of the EAA since the school year began. In a four month period, the special education population dropped 10%, and the general education population dropped by 5%.
Students Not Safe – Within seven months, the EAA has reported over 5,000 discipline-related infractions, including 63 drug possessions, 33 gun possessions, and 22 physical assaults against staff.
This site is made possible by information and support from:
Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton
Middle Cities Education Association
American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan
Dr. Thomas Pedroni, Ph.D.