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In reversal, Snyder returns school reform office to agency

Durfee Elementary-Middle School in Northwest Detroit
Jenna Belevender
Gov. Snyder moved the SRO under his control two years ago in a move he said would make the office more accountable for turning around low-performing schools.

Gov. Rick Snyder has reversed course and moved Michigan's school turnaround office back to a state department over which he has no direct control.

The move Friday comes two years after Snyder transferred the School Reform Office from the Department of Education - whose leader is hired by elected members of the state Board of Education - to the Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

The Republican governor now says moving the office back to the Education Department "will ensure the efficient continuation" of efforts to improve low-performing schools.

The School Reform Office this year received criticism after threatening toclose up to 38 schools that ranked in Michigan's bottom 5% for more than three years. State Superintendent Brian Whiston, head of the Education Department, helped broker deals to delay the potential closures by partnering with districts to improve student performance. 

April Van Buren is a producer for Stateside. She produces interviews for air as well as web and social media content for the show.
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