After failing to pass HB 6004 last year, Rep. Lisa Posthumus-Lyons is at it again sponsoring HB 4369.
The impetus behind the legislation is to codify into Michigan Compiled Law the Education Achievement Authority. In addition to the state seizure of local control of financially struggling schools, it suspends collective bargaining in the bottom 5 percent of schools — an ugly provision reminiscent of the failed federal law, No Child Left Behind, in which schools that did not meet AYP (adequate yearly progress) were summarily punished regardless of important contributing factors.
Just as with the Emergency Manager law, a racial component emerges again…
The law was crafted to continually punish the bottom 5 percent, no matter how much progress they made, and history shows that the lowest performing schools tend to be located in poor urban areas. HB 4369, like its Emergency Manager parent, facially-speaking, did not have a racial component, but in practice — well, that’s another matter.
Amy Kerr Hardin This article also appears in Voters Legislation Transparency Project