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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 02:39 AM

82. Governor's office response to e-mails on the issue

in case it's useful to anyone so they can pre-counter their BS or whatever


Dear xxxx xxxx,

Thank you for recently contacting the Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder regarding education in the state of Michigan. Governor Snyder appreciates your valuable input and has asked that I respond directly on his behalf.

To address the link between Michiganís economy and the quality of Michiganís public schools, Governor Snyder sought to address the stateís Persistently Lowest Achieving schools in his education agenda Ė currently designated as Priority Schools by Michigan Department of Education. These are schools that are persistently low achieving and regularly in the bottom 5% of student achievement. Michigan started ranking schools under the School Improvement Grant three years ago, and then refined it for the state Persistently Lowest Achieving legislation and federal Elementary Secondary Education Act flexibility. For years, the lowest achieving schools have been identified without the tools to do anything about it. The Education Achievement Authority is that tool.

The goal of the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan (EAA) is that all students should have access to a quality education and successfully complete their K-12 educational experience career and be college ready. One of the principal objectives of the EAA is to transform public education from a one-size fits all model.

The EAAís approach to teaching is to institute a system known as student centered learning. In student centered learning, they test each student individually to determine their achievement level in each subject. They then develop a unique education plan for each individual student, working with that student at their individual level. In student centered learning, no longer are students moved on just because they have spent nine months sitting in a chair. They move on when they master a particular subject. Students no longer identify themselves in grades based on their age, but by their achievement level in various subjects.

All EAA direct-run schools use a cutting edge, digital learning platform that allows teachers to provide a personalized learning experience to each student. Each student is empowered to own and navigate her own learning path. The EAA is dedicating both public and private resources to building a new learning platform to give kids who simply have not had a chance an opportunity for a bright future.

Again, thank you for contacting the Governorís office. Should you have further questions or comments regarding this or any other state-related matter, please do not hesitate to contact this office if there is anything we can be doing for you.

Sincerely,

xxxx xxxx
Constituent Services Division
Executive Office of the Governor, Rick Snyder
O: 517-335-7858

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