EAA expansion bill narrowly passes state House, moves to Senate for vote

March 21, 2014


The Education Achievement Authority can expand statewide under a bill narrowly passed by the state House yesterday.

State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons (R-Alto), sponsor of the bill and chairman of the House Education Committee, said before the vote: “For too long, too many of Michigan’s kids have been left behind by persistently failing schools … House bill 4639 will help these kids have a chance at a quality education.”

As Metro Times reported in this weeks News Hits column, plenty of EAA critics would disagree with the idea that the independent school district is delivering that sort of “quality education.”

Lawmakers opposed to the idea echoed those concerns on the House floor yesterday. From MLive:

State Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) questioned why the bill did not receive another public hearing before Thursday’s vote since there had been so many changes to the original legislation.

“If you subject this bill to public scrutiny, it would be exposed for what it really is,” Dillon said, answering his own question. “And that’s educational malpractice and profiteering masquerading itself as educational reform.”

The bill now heads back to the Senate for a vote, although it’s unclear when that may take place.