Detroit Evening Report: Michigan adds more school districts to turnaround program

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More Michigan school districts will be participating in a program designed to turnaround low performing schools in the state.

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Chalkbeat Detroit reports 54 districts will join the Partnership District Program, which serves schools where test scores fall within the bottom 5 percent of a state index or where 67 percent or fewer students graduate.

This year, districts will share a pot of $6 million, the same amount the program had to spend on 36 districts in 2021. Some experts say fewer resources available to each district may mean state and county education agencies may find it harder to help each school.

The Wayne Regional Educational Service Agency says it will work with its schools to identify the causes and possible remedies for academic problems.

The Detroit Public Schools Community District currently has 21 schools that qualify for the program. It has had as many as 39 since the program was founded in 2017.

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  • Sascha Raiyn

    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.