The state is stepping in to help struggling schools instead of closing them.
Earlier this year 38 schools were marked for potential closure. Those were schools that consistently ranked in the bottom five percent of all public schools in the state.
Now state officials and others are partnering with the school districts that house these low-performing schools to help them improve.
Governor Rick Snyder says he hopes this is just the beginning for changes to the state’s education policy.
“I think this really creates a platform that hopefully we can look at legislation and other steps to put it on an ongoing basis and continue to enhance it.”
Some of the superintendents say they were already working on the goals in the agreements, but they appreciate the extra time and resources to help their schools.