Faculty fight university’s link to controversial school turnaround district

Oct 26, 2013 by

pulledProfessors at Eastern Michigan University are fighting to end the school’s connection to a highly controversial state school takeover district created by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder. The faculty members argue that they had no input in the way the Education Achievement Authority is run and that they oppose the way the EEA is being operated.

The EAA, one of a number of reforms pioneered by Snyder, was created in 2011 to take over and run schools whose standardized test scores are in the bottom five percent in the state and that are not making progress under an improvement plan or are under the control of an emergency manager. Snyder said the EAA was necessary to help improve long troubled schools.

Opponents have charged that the EAA is a miss. They say, among other things, that the EAA’s governance is secretive; that student and teacher turnover is excessive; that the EAA relies on young and inexperienced teachers, including many from Teach For America; that many teachers taught outside the areas for which they had certification; and that there has been an explosion of disciplinary reports but teachers have been encouraged not to report them.

Last May, the Detroit News wrote that EAA officials had “overstated” facts on an application for a $35.4 million federal grant:

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