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DETROIT (WXYZ) – A new statewide system is being created that involves dramatic reform for schools in Detroit. The ‘Education Achievement System’ will operate the lowest performing five percent of schools in Michigan.

The plan includes a new operating authority that will run several of the district’s failing schools.

It is designed to provide support, tools and resources for educators as they work to help DPS students make significant educational gains.

The EAS plan will first apply to underperforming schools in 2012-2013. Under the new system, principals, teachers and staff – at the lowest performing schools in the city – will be given the power to run their school. Principals would be in charge of hiring the best teachers and provide training and support to staff.

Once schools show significant progress, they can choose to stay with the Education Achievement System or return to the Detroit Public Shool system.

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