Speaking of Ill-Considered Decisions by Boards of Trustees—Despite Very Vocal Faculty and Student Concerns

ACADEME BLOG

The following “Breaking News” item was distributed today by the Detroit Free-Press:

“Eastern Michigan University’s Board of Regents today stood with Gov. Snyder and declined to vote on the future of the Education Achievement Authority. That keeps the reform district running for now—at least until Snyder introduces legislation aimed at a new effort to improve education in Detroit.

“’We remain steadfast in our support,’ Eastern board chairman Mike Morris said over the screams of angry protesters.

“A year ago, the university’s Board of Regents voted to extend for a year the agreement that formed the EAA, the state district for the worst-performing schools in Michigan, despite widespread opposition on campus. But it said the EAA needed to meet a series of conditions to get another extension.

“It hasn’t, the faculty Senate and student government say.

“In order to form the district, the state needed two partners—Detroit Public Schools and Eastern joined together to…

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