Michigan's emergency school district hasn't earned right to expand

Friday, September 5, 2014

We were cautiously supportive when Gov. Rick Snyder established a statewide school district to take control of 15 of Detroit’s most troubled schools, and no one should be surprised that the process of turning those school around has proved slow and difficult.

It’s supposed to be difficult. And expensive. And fraught with fits and starts; nowhere is the path from educational nadir to excellence linear.

But a series of missteps by the fledgling Educational Achievement Authority has badly undermined hope that the district can deliver for the kids in its schools. Meanwhile, the Snyder administration’s ambitious plans for expanding the state-run district have continued unabated.

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