Redline’s Roundtable, moderated by host Bankole Thompson, featured State Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, from Michigan’s House District 8 and myself—billed as a longtime education advocate and the former Director of City Year Detroit.
We discuss the merits of the Educational Achievement Authority (EAA), which was formed in June of 2011, by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, as the governing body of a statewide school system that oversees failing schools, including the Detroit Public Schools.
From its inception, the EAA has been plagued with discontent and criticism. Members of the EAA have resigned, there is a Federal Investigation into the group’s spending habits and many are upset that the EAA is an appointed board that is not accountable to the schools that they govern. In an animated debate, which included callers, many expressed their displeasure with the EAA. Rep. Gay-Dagnogo believes the EAA needs to be abolished. I feel that all sides involved need to put their rivalries aside and focus on the needs of the children.
To hear this spirited conversation, click here.