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Eastern Michigan University Hosts Panel Discussion on Education Achievement Authority

Mar 12, 2014

The head of Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority believes the data shows better performance by students in the program than they had in Detroit Public Schools.  Eastern Michigan University hosted a panel discussion on the EAA Wednesday. 

Panel discussion on Education Achievement Authority at Eastern Michigan University's Student Center.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Chancellor John Covington adds some new programs are in the works between the EAA and EMU including an effort to refute charges the authority prefers Teach for America teachers.  Covington says they are developing a pipeline to bring more EMU grads to teach at EAA schools, as well as have the university assistant in special education programs.

The panel also included a pair of EAA high school students that think the learning environment is a lot better than what they had in Detroit Public Schools.  They say it’s safer, and teachers are always there to help.  Southeastern High School Senior Malik Canty says it’s changed his life.  Canty wasn’t planning on even finishing high school, but now hopes to go to college after serving in the Army.

Many EMU students and others at the meeting however don’t believe they got real answers, and still want the university to get out of the agreement with the authority.  

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.