Snyder takes control of school turnaround office

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder is shaking up Michigan’s office charged with turning around failing schools.

The state school reform/redesign office is in the state Education Department, whose leader reports to the independently elected, Democratic-controlled Board of Education.

The Republican governor issued an executive order Thursday transferring the turnaround office’s functions to an agency he has control over: the Department of Technology, Management and Budget.

Snyder says the move will help improve schools.

As of last month, a Snyder-backed Detroit authority running 15 low-performing schools in the city no longer has exclusive functions of Michigan’s school turnaround district.

While no schools in the bottom 5 percent have been put in the district, the contentious Education Achievement Authority was formed through a separate agreement between Detroit schools’ emergency manager and Eastern Michigan University.

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