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Stateside for Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

On today's program, we explore the idea of secret work groups crafting public policy in Lansing, and how transparent Michigan's government should be.

And we look at whether expanding the lottery to the internet is a good idea.

We'll also hear how new technology being developed here in Michigan might be able to help authorities identify potential threats in airports or in large crowds.

To start, we talk education. When it comes to education in Michigan, one of the biggest challenges is "how do we rescue and turn around schools that are failing?"

Governor Snyder and many in the Legislature, especially on the Republican side, favor the EAA as the solution.

The Education Achievement Authority is a new school system for Michigan's worst-performing public schools.

Since last fall, 15 Detroit schools have been run under the EAA with 10,000 students and 400 teachers.

Now the State is seeking to expand the EAA.

The State Senate is considering a bill to establish the EAA in law and to expand it to 35 more schools around the state, but critics are challenging this saying there should be solid evidence that the EAA is truly helping students before moving ahead with any sort of  expansion.

We recently talked with one of those critics, State Representative Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods).

Today, we spoke with the chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan, John Covington.

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