Dr. John Wm. Covington, Chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan (EAA), Friday issued the following statement:
“We have received a number of calls from parents this morning voicing concern and uncertainty about the start of school Sept. 4 as a result of a vote taken last night by the Detroit Board of Education. It is unfortunate that the board took that vote because clearly it has no legal authority to interfere in any way with the opening of the EAA schools.
“The Education Achievement Authority of Michigan is on schedule to open our schools Tuesday, Sept. 4. The principals are working hard in each of the 15 schools, staff has been hired and is undergoing training in the new learning platform that will form the foundation of these new schools and all other details related to the timely opening are being put in place.
“It was clear from the overwhelming turnout we had at the 15 open houses held at each EAA school last Saturday that parents and students are excited by our new program that will transform and modernize traditional public education and eager to start the new school year. We are committed to providing each child the education to which they are entitled and will not allow outside distractions to prevent us from doing that.”