“This bill would endanger Michigan’s students, teachers, and our public education system as a whole. The legislation puts into state law the Education Achievement Authority, an experimental program that has been in existence since just last fall. I voted against House Bill 4369 for many reasons, not the least of which is that the data simply does not warrant opening this experiment to potentially apply to any school district in the state. Sound public policy is data-driven; it is irresponsible and reckless to make such sweeping, structural changes without understanding what works, and what does not work. This legislation strips local control from elected leaders and parents, creating a huge, statewide school district managed by an unelected board that is unaccountable to the students, parents, teachers and community members whose decisions impact them most. Struggling schools need support from state government, not to be treated as if their situation is an opportunity for profit-motivated companies seeking to privatize our school system. The quality, and the future, of our public education system are too critical to the people of Michigan for this kind of premature expansion.”