More than two dozen struggling Detroit schools will likely be added to the state’s “partnership” program after posting years of rock-bottom test scores.
That will bring to 50 the number of Detroit schools in the program, which requires schools to meet certain improvement targets or face consequences.
Those consequences could include closure or a staff shake-up but, for now at least, decisions about the schools’ fates will rest with local school boards. State officials say they currently have no plans to force schools to close.
That’s a big change from earlier this year when 38 schools across Michigan were told they were in danger of being shuttered after landing in the bottom 5 percent of state rankings for three years in a row.
Plans to close those schools were abandoned in the face of intense political opposition. Instead, the 37 schools that remained open (the one charter school on the list was closed by its authorizer) entered into “partnership agreements” with the state that require them to improve. (Read Detroit’s here).
On Monday, the state released a list of schools to be added to the partnership program. The state will now enter into negotiations with seven districts that don’t already have agreements. Among them are two Detroit charter schools — the David Ellis Academy and the Henry Ford Academy: School of Creative Studies Elementary.
Detroit’s main district, which already had 24 schools in the program, had another 24 schools added to the list. In addition, the district was invited to include nine schools that state says are trending in the wrong direction. With those nine schools, almost half of the 106 schools in the main district could be in the program.
“These will be positive, yet pressing, conversations with the leaders of these districts to get their struggling schools back on track,” state Superintendent Brian Whiston said in a statement. “We want to provide as many local and state-level partners as possible to help students in these schools be successful.”
The state’s press release has more details and the full list of Michigan schools that have been added to the program — as well as schools that have been removed from watch lists after showing improvement.
Here’s the list of Detroit schools that are now in the program:
David Ellis Academy (charter)
Henry Ford Academy: School of Creative Studies-Elementary (charter)
Brewer Elementary-Middle School
Carstens Elementary-Middle School
Central High School
Cody Academy of Public Leadership
Detroit International Academy for Young Women
Dossin Elementary-Middle School
Earhart Elementary-Middle School
East English Village Prep Academy
Duke Ellington at Beckham
Emerson Elementary-Middle Schools
Greenfield Union Elementary-Middle School
King High School
John R. King Academy and Performing Arts Academy
Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School
Neinas Dual Language Learning Academy
Nobel Elementary-Middle School
Palmer Park Prep Academy
Pulaski Elementary-Middle School
Schulze Elementary-Middle School
Schools that have the option to join the program:
Academy of the Americas (Optional)
Bagley Elementary (Optional)
Brenda Scott Academy for Theatre Arts (Optional)
Carver Elementary-Middle School (Optional)
Edison Elementary (Optional)
Ludington Magnet Middle School (Optional)
Medicine and Community Health Academy at Cody (Optional)
Nichols Elementary-Middle School (Optional)
Spain Elementary-Middle School (Optional)
Already in the program:
Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School
Bow Elementary-Middle School
Clark, J.E. Preparatory Academy
Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School @ Northwestern
Detroit Institute of Technology at Cody
Durfee Elementary-Middle School
Fisher Magnet Upper Academy
Gompers Elementary-Middle School
Marquette Elementary-Middle School
Mason Elementary School
Osborn Academy of Mathematics
Osborn College Preparatory Academy
Osborn Evergreen Academy of Design and Alternative Energy
Thirkell Elementary School
Burns Elementary-Middle School
Denby High School
Ford High School
Law Elementary School
Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary-Middle School
Mumford High School
Pershing High School
Southeastern High School
By Erin Einhorn