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New Bill Could Create State-Wide 'Super School District'

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A state-wide super school district could happen as soon as next school year if the "Education Achievement Authority Expansion Bill" passes.

It would consist of the state's 5 percent lowest-performing schools. They would then be placed in a program called the Education Achievement Authority and submit to a "turnaround" plan, showing the state how it plans to improve or else the state takes over the school building.

The program is already in place for 15 Detroit schools.

The down side for consumers: tax dollars could end up funding a school hundreds of miles away.

Critics of the bill say that's too much government control.

"Now we have this paternalistic approach, that big brother in Lansing is gonna control public education throughout the state of Michigan. It's certainly not something I feel I can support," said Representative Mark Meadows.

But the bill's sponsor says this is the solution to under-performing schools.

"When the school board fails, time and time and time again, to do what they have to do to keep these kids educated, that's my constitutional obligation to step in and make sure these kids get a quality education," said Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons.

Because the legislature is in a lame duck session, the EAA bill is on the fast track to becoming law. This has caused Okemos Schools Superintendent Catherine Ash to send an email to her district's parents urging them to contact their legislators.

"My worry was that these bills were being pushed through quickly in the lame duck session, and people weren't informed of what was being discussed," said Ash.

Lawmakers on both sides say this bill will most likely become state law.

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