The Governor is out on Facebook hawking the success of the Educational Achievement Authority, presumably as a step to expanded authority. A word of caution may be in order.

I would feel a whole lot more comfortable if there were actual metrics attached to EAA success and not just press release. Really, improved attendance is not a sufficient measure of success — a start yes, but not the measure. In the meantime, the notion that “The EAA program is based on a proven learning platform and locally-based management style” is one that is undercut by the current HB 6004 that would expand EAA authority statewide. That bill, as you may recall Governor, authorizes the EAA to take buildings from current school districts and then dispose of them as the EAA sees fit — it is the very opposite of this locally-based management style.

What you have coming in your expanded authority is the inverse of the work you are trying to do in Detroit.


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