Editor’s Note: Student teachers face EAA backlash

Ingrid Jacques
The Detroit News

The Education Achievement Authority has had no shortage of criticism since its inception four years ago. The state school reform district currently runs the 15 lowest-performing schools in Detroit.

But the effects of the EAA are felt outside Detroit, too. Students studying to become teachers at Eastern Michigan University are among those who’ve felt some negative impacts. That’s because Gov. Rick Snyder created the EAA through an interlocal agreement between Detroit Public Schools and Eastern.

Despite criticism, the university’s Board of Regents voted in December to renew its ties with the EAA.

A recent report from the Eastern Echo, the university’s student newspaper, outlined the continuing frustrations faced by faculty and students.

The College of Education is having a harder time finding schools to take on student teachers. Teachers unions can’t stand the EAA as its teachers don’t belong to a union.

A while back, the unions at six Washtenaw County public school districts boycotted student teachers from Eastern for this reason.

This kind of retaliation isn’t fair to these aspiring teachers.

Now that Snyder has taken over the state School Reform Office through an executive order, it would be better to end the interlocal agreement and move the EAA directly under that office.