EAST LANSING – The following statement can be attributed to Paula Herbart, President of the Michigan Education Association, in response to today’s announcement by the Michigan Department of Education regarding additional districts entering “partnership agreement” discussions to improve student achievement at some of their schools:
“State Superintendent Brian Whiston’s announcement today regarding continuation of ‘partnership agreements’ is welcome news. MDE has identified seven new schools to discuss partnership agreements with, while removing 32 schools from the ‘Priority Schools’ list, as a result of improving academic achievement.
“The old model, which simply moved to close poor performing schools did nothing to improve student outcomes. However, the new partnership model is clearly working to address needs for students and schools. His positive approach to improving achievement levels has proven effective and we look forward to continuing our work with Superintendent Whiston and the department to assist districts across the state.
“MEA is fully committed to ensuring a quality education for every student, regardless of their zip code.”
Contact: David Crim, MEA Communications Consultant, (517) 337-5508