- A Republican-led state House committee in Michigan approved a measure Wednesday that would expand the state's Education Achievement Authority to low-performing schools beyond Detroit.
- The measure was approved by a 9-5 vote along party lines, but still needs to pass the full House, the Republican-led Senate, and be signed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder to make an expansion of the reform district into state law.
- The Snyder administration favors the measure, saying it could help students trapped in failing schools, but critics argue that the EAA is unproven and that elements of an expansion could hurt retirement finances and put other schools at a disadvantage.
From the article:
... The measure to put the reform district into state law and clear the way for possible expansion to other parts of the state faces opposition from Democrats and from many groups within the education establishment. But the House Education Committee approved the bill by a 9-5 vote, sending the measure to the House floor. The vote was along party lines -- with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed -- although three lawmakers did not vote. ...