Rick Snyder

School groups denounce potential closure of Michigan schools

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — It would be a mistake for state officials to start closing underperforming Michigan schools for academic reasons because it would devastate communities while not improving student achievement, concerned educators said Wednesday. Associations representing school boards, school administrators and urban districts spoke out before the impending release of a statewide list, issued annually, of the bottom 5 percent of public schools. The rankings are based on test results, students' improvement over time, and the gap between the best and worst pupils. The officials said that Gov. Rick Snyder's administration told some school leaders this month that if their...