Year-around public schools are coming to Detroit.
with Michigan's new recovery school district announced Tuesday that 15
Detroit Public Schools will be taken over by the state and become
laboratories this fall for a new system for low-performing schools.
DPS high schools and nine elementary-middle schools will come under the
Education Achievement Authority, which Gov. Rick Snyder created to
revive the state's failing schools.
An extended-year calendar was
approved for the EAA schools, increasing the number of days students are
in school from 170 days or 1,098 instructional hours in the current
schedule, to 210 days starting this fall. Student will have a quarterly
calendar that starts Sept. 4, ends Aug. 6, has 52 to 54 days each
quarter and shorter breaks around major holidays.
"I don't know if
people understand the magnitude of what just happened," EAA Chancellor
John Covington said after a EAA board meeting Tuesday. "This 210 days
for students, it puts us at the highest in the nation, only second to
12,000 students attend these schools, which were selected because they
had the largest percentage of at-risk children, officials said.