MI education department reports spike in low-performing schools needing state intervention
A new report finds a spike in the number of Michigan schools needing state involvement to counter low academic performance.
The Michigan Department of Education identified 54 Michigan school districts with one or more low-achieving schools.
Peter Spadafore, the executive director of the Michigan Alliance for Student Opportunity – a group of some of the state's most disadvantaged school districts – said the results are not surprising, given the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a generational experience that had a significant impact on learning,” Spadafore said of the pandemic.
He said the report shows a need to change how the state funds education, and that the short-term infusions of cash that care from pandemic recovery funding won’t fuel long-term change.
“Yes, we’ve seen investments last year and the year before, and we have COVID money that we are still spending, but we need to have systemic reform – a systemic change in the way we fund schools,” Spadafore said.