Education Achievement System Chancellor Holds Last Detroit Statewide Strategic Planning Meeting in December

Students and recent graduates are encouraged to attend

Detroit residents who want input into the design of Michigan’s new Education Achievement System are being invited to a strategic planning meeting to be held in Detroiton Monday, December 19 at Wayne County Community College District – Downtown campus,1001 West Fort St.Detroit, MI 48226.

The session, which is open to the public, will run from noon until 3 p.m. and is the final of three sessions being held inDetroit.  Lunch will be provided for all participants.

Students and recent graduates are encouraged to attend this meeting along with key stakeholders that include parents, business and community leaders, elected officials, teachers and members of the clergy. If you are planning to attend, please contact Lydia Scott-Barnes at (313) 456-3010 or All reservations should be received by noon Friday, Dec. 16.

“It is important that the community participates in this critical step of planning the Education Achievement System’s structure,”Covington said.  “We need to gain input from the entire community including students and recent graduates.”

The strategic planning meetings are designed to seek input from members of the community and answer the following questions regarding the structure of the new system:

  • What should be the mission of the EAS?
  • What core values should drive EAS’ work throughout Michigan?
  • Are there particular design elements that should be included in EAS schools?
  • How might the EAS schools look different from a traditional school system?

“We don’t want to reproduce what is already in place,” Covington said. “We need something different for 21st century education. We need to address the needs of children who are born with a cell phone in one hand and a laptop in another.

“We also need to build a system that educates students who are prepared to compete in the global workforce, whether they attend college or not.”

The strategic planning meetings began on Friday, Dec. 9 and have taken place in Waterford, Detroit and Flint. They have been well attended by members of the community of all ages. Meetings will continue in other parts of the region and state through January. The community is encouraged to locate a session near you to participate.

The EAS is a new statewide system of schools that will operate the lowest performing 5 percent of schools inMichigannot achieving satisfactory results on a redesign plan or that are under an emergency manager. It is designed to provide a new, stable, financially responsible set of public schools that create the conditions, supports, tools and resources under which teachers can help students make significant academic gains. It will begin operating its initial schools in the 2012-2013 school year.


Monday, December 19, 2011

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Lunch will be provided)


1001 West Fort Street


RSVP: LydiaScott-Barnes – 313.456.3010 or

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