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Q&A and Eastern Michigan University's role with the EAA

The Education Achievement System (EAS) plan is a new statewide school system that will operate the lowest performing 5 percent of schools in Michigan not achieving satisfactory results on a redesign plan, or that are under an emergency manager.

What is EMU's role?

EMU will be part of an 11-member system governing board called the Education Achievement Authority. Eastern will appoint two members, the Detroit Public Schools System will appoint two and Gov. Snyder will appoint seven members.

What activities might EMU undertake in this collaboration?

  • Organizing and operating a laboratory or university school at the site of a school assigned to the Authority by the Originating District or a Participating District.
  • Sponsoring, hosting, or participating in conferences, seminars, or other meetings concerning public education reform.
  • Assigning faculty or other staff of the Originating University, on limited term appointments, to assist the Authority.
  • Providing technical assistance to public schools authorized or operated by the Authority.
  • Providing other educational services, including, but not limited to, lifelong education, adult education, community education, training, online courses, enrichment, and recreation programs for the Authority or public schools authorized or operated by the Authority.

When will the Educational Achievement System begin its work?

It will initially be run in partnership with DPS under the leadership of Emergency Manager Roy Roberts. The system will develop capacity during the 2011-12 school year and will receive its first schools from DPS in September 2012.

Is EMU the only one of the state's 15 public universities selected to collaborate in this project?

Yes.

Why was Eastern Michigan selected?

Eastern Michigan's College of Education is one of the nation's largest producers of educational personnel, including teachers, administrators and counselors. EMU's programs are nationally accredited, which denotes a high standard of excellence in teacher preparation.

The University has long been recognized for its groundbreaking programs. EMU, formerly named Michigan State Normal College, was the first teacher-training school in the nation to offer a four-year degree program, and the first to offer a special education program for future teachers.

In addition, the College's Department of Special Education is one of the largest and most comprehensive special education units in the country.

EMU is a logical partner for the state and Detroit's Public Schools. The University has a strong enrollment from Wayne County, and ensuring a solid future for Michigan's young people is central to EMU's educational mission.

EMU has recently demonstrated that commitment by leading the state in tuition restraint, including freezing tuition and fees for the 2010-11 academic year.

Will EMU actually be running schools?

No. The system will place the ultimate power for running each school in the hands of the principal, teachers and staff at the school. The Detroit Public Schools also will continue to manage all property, debt service management, and will continue to receive local tax revenue.

What will this new arrangement cost EMU?

The purpose of the agreement is to establish a framework for providing services to elementary and secondary schools. There has been no commitment of specific services or financial resources by EMU. In addition, the agreement provides that, when the roles are more specifically defined, EMU will be reimbursed for all such services provided.