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State Senate may take up the E.A.A. today in Lansing


LANSING (WKZO) -- The expansion of the Education Achievement Authority may come up for a vote in the State Senate today.

The State run E.A.A. has taken over 15 of the lowest scoring schools in the Detroit area and poured money, new programs and new staff into them.

Governor Snyder wants it to apply the model to failing schools statewide.

Kalamazoo Supt. Michael Rice says the Detroit pilot isn’t working, and he thinks until it is, it would not be wise to expand it. He says many students and staff have resigned or transferred and test scores are still poor.

The measure has already passed in the house, but may fall short in the Senate, where some republican senators oppose the loss of local control.

If it fails today, Senate Leader Randy Richardville says they may start from scratch on the issue.