Sept. 5, 2014 – EDITORIAL: Fledgling emergency school district hasn’t earned right to expand – We were cautiously supportive when Gov. Rick Snyder established a statewide school district to take control of 15 of Detroit’s most troubled schools, and no one should be surprised that the process of turning those school around has proved slow and difficult. Detroit Free Press
April 22, 2014 — Senate Democrats hosted a special hearing at the Capitol to listen to education experts, teachers and parents on House Bill 4369, legislation to expand the Education Achievement Authority (EAA). Teacher Jordan Smellie testifies against the expansion of the failing EAA
February 17, 2014 — Data sparks opposition to EAA expansion from State Representative Brandon Dillon and a former 10th grade English teacher at one of the EAA schools, Mumford High School in Detroit - Brooke Harris – says teaching in the system was “mass chaos” and “disheartening.” Lack of transparency, data drive opposition to EAA expansion WKAR Current State
Dec. 30, 2013 – The Education Achievement Authority – battling sliding enrollment and political controversy amid an uncertain future with its university partner – should rethink its strategy in educating students as it intervenes to reform failing schools, education experts say. Michigan’s school recovery district at crossroads The Detroit News
Dec. 11, 2013 – Critics of the education achievement authority want the legislature to sideline a bill that would expand the state’s school reform district. EAA critics blast bill to let districts add up to 35 more schools, The Detroit News
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.