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Michigan Education Achievement Authority merits debated

LANSING (WKZO) -- -- Education experts, teachers and parents participated in a House hearing in Lansing Wednesday to talk about expanding the Education Achievement Authority.

Democrats say that House Republicans passed a bill last month to expand the EAA without any input from educators and parents and that Senate Republicans are pressuring their colleagues to support it as well. After hearing opponents express concerns about what they call the EAA's failures state Senator Bert Johnson said, "there is no good reason to support its existence let alone its expansion."

The EAA is a state-supervised public school district created to operate 15-Detroit Detroit Public Schools that are among the lowest performing schools in the state.