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Lawmakers Debate Where To Send Failing Schools

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - The battle over how to fix failing schools has dragged on for over a year without an end in sight.

Legislative republicans are at odds over where to send the students in high risk schools.

6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick reports the dispute is about the role of intermediate school districts.

The governor and lawmakers created what are called Education Achievement Authorities or EAA's. That is operating in Detroit right now. But some lawmakers contend the EAAs have failed and failing schools should be going into the Intermediate school district system instead.

Reporter: "You don't want to send failing schools into the EAA."

"Yes that is correct (because) look at their track record, it's a disaster," said State Representative Ellen Lipton, (d), Education Committee.

But this GOP Senator thinks the EAAs have worked, but he does not favor sending failing schools into the ISD system.

The state school superintendent recently moved to end the state's relationship with the Detroit EAA and he, along with the governor, want other options for failing students.

"I think having more options to look at and more choices for schools that are failing is fine," said State Senator Phil Pavlou (r), Education Committee Chair.

But Senator Pavlou does not want to include the ISD's.

Senator Pavlou, "We're working with the house on it, but again early intervention is part of the answer to helping these kids. We should not get caught up in shoes in full control. The focus should be on educating these deserving kids."

This republicans can't figure out why the senator is opposed to a system that is supposedly working.

 "In our county I prefer that because we've got a proven track record and there's a lot of good isds in the state," said State Representative Ken Goike (r), Macomb County.

An insider reports one of the reasons outstate republicans don't want their failing schools going into the EAA is because it is based in Detroit.

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