Mich. District Officials Warn of 'Rushed' State Bills with Wide-Ranging Consequences

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Midland Public Schools officials are warning residents that a group of bills being considered in the state Legislature could have wide-ranging — and possibly unintended — effects on school districts statewide.

“These two bills … have the potential to restructure how schools are financed,” MPS Superintendent Carl Ellinger told members of the district’s Board of Education Monday night.

Ellinger was referring to two bills in the House that would establish the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) in state law and make other changes. While the original purpose of the EAA, established last year by Gov. Rick Snyder, is to give more flexibility in the way the bottom 5 percent of schools are run, Ellinger said that legislation being considered in the Legislature’s lame duck session is ill-considered.

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