Fight Back School Closures
What schools are slated to close?
38 schools across Michigan have been identified as possibly facing closure. 25 are in Detroit: 16 DPSCD schools, 8 EAA schools, and 1 charter.
Detroit Public Schools Community District
Why are the schools slated to close?
Last summer, the Michigan Legislature passed Public Act 192. PA 192 says that any school in Detroit that is in the bottom 5% of Michigan schools for three years in a row must be closed by the School Reform Office (SRO).
The 13 schools on the list that are not in Detroit are actually subject to a separate law (Public Act 451, Section 380.1280c). That law lists closure as a possible consequence for schools that are in the bottom 5% for three years in a row, but it also offers other options, including the imposition of a CEO,
Does anyone have the authority to stop the closures?
Yes. The School Reform Office (SRO) can halt a closure if they determine it would pose an “unreasonable hardship” to the students. The Michigan Legislature can also repeal or amend Public Act 192.
What does “unreasonable hardship” mean?
The law does not define unreasonable hardship. The School Reform Office (SRO) has not released their criteria or process for determining whether or not a closure would constitute unreasonable hardship.
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