Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

December 12, 2013

Senate OKs expanded district for failing schools

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Senate has narrowly approved legislation allowing for the expansion of a state school district for failing schools to the rest of Michigan. It now operates only in Detroit.

The bill that passed 20-18 Wednesday has substantial changes since clearing the House earlier this year.

It would codify in law the Education Achievement Authority that has 15 Detroit schools now, in part to prevent legal complications if more schools are added. Schools couldn't be added until 2015 under the bill.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder supports the authority to turn around the bottom 5 percent of schools. Critics say it's is an unproven educational model losing students.

The GOP-led House may send the legislation to Snyder on Thursday before adjourning for the year.

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