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State lawmakers will look at helping academically struggling schools

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Michigan schools that are failing academically are the focus of a series of legislative hearings kicking off this week.

State Senator Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair, chairs the Senate Education committee. He says the state has spent time focusing on developing an early warning for school districts facing financial problems.

Pavlov says it’s now time to see if efforts to help academically failing schools are working.

“The intent is to really put a focus on to see if we are really doing everything possible for these schools,” says Pavlov. 

Pavlov says, at this point, there is no specific legislation planned.  

The committee plans to hear from State of Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction Brian Whiston and other state education experts this week. Future meetings may include teachers, parents and students. 

Pavlov says this is a problem for urban and rural schools.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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