LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - The Michigan Educational Achievement Authority was established to help prop up the bottom 5% of chronically underperforming schools. But after only one school year, some are challenging the concept.
According to one of the sponsors of legislation pending in Senate, the idea of the EAA came about when the federal government's "Race to the Top" program required participating states to identify and come up with a plan for their lowest-performing schools.
But the plan has been controversial. The point of contention is not whether there are failing schools or if those schools need to be fixed, but whether the EAA is the way to do it.
In the first school year of the EAA, at least one Democratic representative has received hundreds of pages of information through the Freedom of Information Act that she says calls into question the way EAA operates.
At the same time, those who support the plan say that there is nothing unusual about a "start up" needing some supplemental help and nothing wrong with the way they got it.
Legislation that would give the legislature some oversight and expand the EAA has already passed the Michigan House of Representatives and is pending in the Senate.
Watch: 24 Hour News 8 Political Reporter Rick Albin takes a look at the charges, counter-charges and where the legislation goes from here.
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