Fifty-four school districts with 112 low-performing schools will receive additional support from a Michigan turnaround program that has helped several districts in the past.
Bridge Michigan says each district’s share of the resources may be more limited than in the past, though.
State funding for the program is $6 million, which is the same as last year. However, only 36 districts were in the program last year.
Districts move out of the program as their struggling schools meet performance goals or once they finish the three-year partnership program.
The increase in the number of partnership districts is not due to schools performing worse or lacking improvement. Instead, this means the lowest performing schools across Michigan are less concentrated, and the number of districts with flagged schools has increased.