Reform, accountability are solution for failing school districts

Pass early literacy legislation, letter grading system for schools; develop a dissolution plan for Detroit Public School District

LANSING, MI – The Great Lakes Education Project today called for the legislature to pass legislation dealing with K-3 reading proficiency and school accountability through an A-F letter grading system, along with a dissolution plan for the Detroit Public School District that allows for the phase in of school choice for all current students.

“More than half of the school age residents in the City exercise their choice for an education in a charter school or traditional school of choice.  It is time to consider a dissolution plan for the Detroit Public School District that would allow families to exercise full school choice options,” said Jim Barrett, GLEP Chairman.

GLEP advocates for quality school choices for all Michigan K-12 students. GLEP has been a leading advocate for a comprehensive systemic focus on raising early literacy proficiency in grades K-3 and for a statewide A-F letter grading system that measures student achievement for individual school buildings.

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