Bills could change way struggling Michigan schools are run | City of Detroit | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

26 Nov

Legislation introduced in the House and Senate would allow the governor to appoint the board of the reform district, the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan, starting in 2014. The bills would give the EAA power to opt out of state assessments such as the MEAP test and the authority to automatically take control of schools that perform in the lowest 5% for three consecutive years.

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More Details: The EAA bills

Proposed legislation would establish the state school reform district, the Education Achievement Authority, as a legal entity that would report to the governor. The bills would:

• Allow the EAA to automatically take control of schools that perform in the bottom 5% for three consecutive years.

Cancel bargaining agreements and pension participation for employees in schools that transfer to the EAA.

• Allow the EAA chancellor to terminate or modify contracts.

• Allow the chancellor to appoint a CEO to operate an EAA school with full autonomy.

• Require districts that are run by an emergency financial manager to “hotel” its buildings, making them available for use by multiple educational and community organizations.

• Require all districts statewide to maintain closed, unused or unoccupied buildings and provide the Michigan Department of Education with an inventory by Aug. 31 each year.

• Stipulate that a district lease or sell an unused building to an educational institution for fair market value.

• Require the EAA to maintain a searchable website withfinancial data updated at least monthly.

The New Forms of Schools bill

The bill would create nine new kinds of public schools that are:

• Employer-supported…….(Walmart Academy)

• Cultural-institution affiliated…..(And this won’t lead to public funding of religious schools…really)

• Municipal-run

• Residential

• Single-gender

• International-culture based….(Rich European White Kids School)

• Globally competitive (highly selective)….{you get to pay for them, but your kids can’t attend them}

• University-run

• Online

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