President Steve Cook in the Detroit News: EAA experiment has failed Michigan kids
As the Legislature considers legislation to expand the Education Achievement Authority (EAA), it should consider the track record of this experiment, designed to improve the academic performance of schools in the city of Detroit.
In just one year, the 15 schools taken over by the authority have lost 25 percent of their students, with a continued downward spiral in enrollment. An independent audit has exposed the finances of the EAA to be in chaos. Not only are the finances in chaos, so too is the learning environment. In just seven months, over 5,000 discipline-related cases have been reported, including drug and weapons possession charges as well as assaults on students and staff. Clearly, these schools do not provide a safe learning environment.