Your One-Stop Shop for All EAA Transition Related Questions

 

Welcome to the Transition page of the Education Achievement Authority. The page is designed to address any questions from staff during the 2016-17 school year.

The page will include an FAQ section where questions regarding the transition will be posted with answers. Please check back often to see if your question has been addressed.

To submit a question, please send an email to questions@eaaofmichigan.org.

NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION
Notice is hereby given that the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan (“EAA”), shall dissolve effective close of business on June 30, 2017. All persons with claims against the EAA are requested to present them in accordance with this notice. Claims must be filed with the EAA at the following address: Clark Hill PLC, attention Jenice C. Mitchell Ford, Esq., 500 Woodward Avenue, Suite 3500, Detroit, MI 48226. Each claim must include: (i) the name and address of the claimant; (ii) the basis for and amount of each claim (in sufficient detail to permit the EAA to make a reasonable judgment whether the claim should be accepted or rejected); (iii) documentation establishing the claim; and (iv) the date or dates on which each claim arose. Each claim must be received by the EAA no later than the close of business on September 1, 2017. The claim will be barred if it is not received by the EAA by such date. The giving of this notice does not constitute recognition that the person/entity to whom the notice is directed has a valid claim against the EAA. This notice is given on behalf of the EAA on April 21, 2017.

 

Will the EAA continue to offer the TIF incentive to teachers, for the 2016-2017 school year?
The EAA will continue to offer the TIF incentive for the 2016-2017 school year.

How will our contracted salary be affected by the transition and where can I find a revised payment schedule?
The 2016-2017 payment schedule and details have been included on the “Pay Periods” fact sheet, which can be found here.

Is employment guaranteed for EAA employees with the new entity after the transition?
The EAA as it is organized today, will not exist after June 30, 2017.  Continued employment with the EAA or the new entity cannot be guaranteed at this time.  The Chancellor will be aggressively advocating for comparable contracts for all school-based employees with the assuming entity.

When will current employees of the EAA be informed if they are being offered positions with the new entity?
This is currently unknown. Please continue to check this site for updates as more information becomes available.

If positions are offered to current EAA employees by the new entity, will a new job application be required?
This is currently unknown. Please continue to check this site for updates as more information becomes available. The Chancellor will be aggressively advocating for comparable contracts for all school-based employees with the assuming entity.

How will our contracted salary be affected by the transition and where can I find a revised payment schedule?
The 2016-2017 payment schedule and details have been included on the “Pay Periods” fact sheet, which can be found here.

Will there be a reduction in staff?
The EAA does not anticipate any further reductions in staff or services.

Will employees be paid for unused sick/PTO days?
The policy regarding payouts has been updated for the 2016-2017 school year. Please refer to pages 29-30 of the “EAA 16-17 Employee Handbook”

Will the EAA merge with Detroit Public Schools?
This is currently unknown.  Please continue to check this site for updates as more information becomes available

After the EAA ends on June 30th, 2017, how will the 457/401(k) vesting schedule be affected and what % of the EAA match will we keep?
You are always 100% vested in your own contributions (which are made to the 457 Plan.) The vesting schedule for the EAA’s matching contributions to the 401(k) plan is below:

A year of service is a full calendar year. All vested contributions belong to the employ at the time employment terminates. Please reference the “State of Michigan 401(k) & 457 Plan Highlights” document for more detail

Years of Service*

Percent Vested

After 1 Year

0%

After 2 Years

50%
After 3 Years 75%
After 4 Years 100%

*A year of service is accrued after a minimum of 1020 hours.  Only one year of service may be accrued in a year.  If you leave employment before you are 100% vested, the non-vested portion is forfeited.

A year of service is a full calendar year. All vested contributions belong to the employ at the time employment terminates. Please reference the “State of Michigan 401(k) & 457 Plan Highlights” document for more details

After the EAA ends on June 30th, 2017, will the new Entity offer Summer School Opportunities?Each employee under contract has been provided with proposed payment details should summer school occur.  Similarly, Chancellor Conforme will advocate for non-contract employees to continue their employment through summer school at the rate provided in their offer of employment.  It is our sincere desire that the full school year calendar is completed.  Please continue to check this site for updates as transition planning meetings continue

After the EAA ends on June 30th, 2017, will all employees (including teachers) be eligible for unemployment?                                                                                                                             Employees who (i) continue with the district through its closure on June 30, 2017 and (ii) do not have employment contracts with other districts for Summer/Fall 2017 are likely eligible for unemployment.

Will the EAA offer additional teacher retention incentives for the 16-17 school year?  If so, what details are publicly available?
The Chancellor has sent out district wide communications with the details of teacher retention incentives for the 16-17 school year.  

  • Click here to read the Chancellor’s September 2, 2016 email
  • Click here to read the Chancellor’s September 14, 2016 email

Any additional retention incentives will be communicated throughout the school year.

Will the EAA conduct formal discussions or inquiries among families and staff of EAA schools to determine their interests in the future of their schools?
The Chancellor and the EAA Board are committed to providing such a forum for parents, students and employees.  Once the forums are scheduled, a communication will be sent out to faculty, staff, students and parents.

Will the EAA healthcare coverage end on June 30th, 2017?  If so, what are the options to extend the healthcare coverage?
The payroll deductions with respect to benefits have been adjusted so that you will only pay for healthcare coverage through June 30, 2017.  Your EAA healthcare coverage will end on June 30, 2017 and there is no option for COBRA/continuing coverage.  We encourage all employees to review their options through the healthcare exchange by clicking here.  We will also be hosting information sessions to help employees better understand how the healthcare exchange will work.

If the EAA transitions into DPSCD, would the EAA staff receive pay rate changes to align with DPSCD guidelines?
This is currently unknown.  Please continue to check this site for updates as more information becomes available.

Will the EAA Special Education program experience any changes after June 30th 2017?  If so, what changes can the Special Education teachers expect?
This is currently unknown.  Please continue to check this site for updates as more information becomes available.

After the EAA ends on June 30th, 2017, will the new Entity continue the current Academies and Small Learning Communities?
One of our most important priorities in the transition process is to preserve the work and progress of the SLCs and our leaders and teachers more broadly.  Our hope is that the SLCs will continue as planned.  Please continue to check this site for updates as transition planning meetings continue.


NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION
Notice is hereby given that the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan (“EAA”), shall dissolve effective close of business on June 30, 2017. All persons with claims against the EAA are requested to present them in accordance with this notice. Claims must be filed with the EAA at the following address: Clark Hill PLC, attention Jenice C. Mitchell Ford, Esq., 500 Woodward Avenue, Suite 3500, Detroit, MI 48226. Each claim must include: (i) the name and address of the claimant; (ii) the basis for and amount of each claim (in sufficient detail to permit the EAA to make a reasonable judgment whether the claim should be accepted or rejected); (iii) documentation establishing the claim; and (iv) the date or dates on which each claim arose. Each claim must be received by the EAA no later than the close of business on September 1, 2017. The claim will be barred if it is not received by the EAA by such date. The giving of this notice does not constitute recognition that the person/entity to whom the notice is directed has a valid claim against the EAA. This notice is given on behalf of the EAA on April 21, 2017.

 

What are the next steps with the transition of Education Achievement Authority (EAA) schools into DPSCD?
The EAA School District will be dissolved on June 30, 2017. EAA facilities will return to Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD).

Does DPSCD have the capacity to receive all the students from the EAA?
Yes, DPSCD has capacity to receive students from all current EAA schools without overcrowding current classroom sizes.

Will my child(ren) be able to stay at his or her current school?
Yes. In the fall, your child is guaranteed a seat at their current school and we enthusiastically welcome all EAA families to DPSCD. Our main goal through this transition is to keep the relationships that have been established between school staff and families intact.

However, if you desire to attend a different school within your school boundaries the district will make every effort to accommodate your request.

Do I need to register my child(ren) to attend DPSCD in the fall?
Students who are currently enrolled in an EAA school will not need to register again and your student(s) records will automatically transfer to DPSCD for the fall. If your child is an eighth grader who will matriculate to their assigned DPSCD high school in the fall, parents must enroll their student in person at the high school.

Required Documents

  • DPSCD Enrollment Form
  • Proof of address (W-2, pay stub, public assistance documents, any official government mail, utility bills, driver’s license, etc.)
  • Parent/Guardian photo ID

How will I know which school my child(ren) is assigned to in the fall?
If your child is applying to a new school (High School or transferring to another DPSCD school), DPSCD will mail you an assignment letter based on your current home address. The letter will be sent out well in an advance of the start of the school year.

Will my child(ren) have to attend the assigned school?
We encourage students to attend the assigned school. However, the district offers several programs that may appeal to diverse learning needs. We have application schools with specialty focus areas in Science, Mathematics, Honors, Art and Technology. We also have schools utilizing the blended learning model. In addition, our high school students have an opportunity to attend schools focused on specific career pathways and Baccalaureate programs.

Career Technical Education Centers are available for high school students that want to learn valuable trade skills which can help them get a jumpstart on successful careers.

Learn more about DPSCD programs

Will transportation be provided?
Elementary/Middle School transportation is provided for students living beyond 3/4 of a mile from the student’s assigned neighborhood school.

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High School transportation: Free DDOT bus passes are provided for high school students living beyond 1.5 miles from the their assigned neighborhood school.

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Will my child’s school start at the same time as before?
We are working diligently to finalize these details in advance of the 2017-2018 school year. We expect policies such as these to be communicated to parents by DPSCD with ample time before the first day of school to allow for you and your children to plan and prepare.

Will food service be the same in my school?
EAA schools currently use the DPSCD food service that is provided by the district’s office of nutrition. DPSCD will continue to provide this same service for the upcoming school year.

Reduced and free lunch policies will also remain the same.

Will my child(ren) be able to participate in the EAA summer school program this year?
Summer school will be held at EAA buildings, and be run by current EAA school leaders and staff with EAA curriculum and technology. The summer school plan will be based on our calendar and provide a 17-day summer session. Summer school will run from July 5 to July 28 and current EAA principals will lead summer school programming.

Summer Graduation Process
By now, you should have received letters from your child’s counselor regarding their graduation progress. The EAA is working to ensure current seniors’ records and transcripts are transferred accurately. Seniors unable to graduate in June may be able to make up the necessary credits in summer school and graduate on Wednesday, July 26th at a joint ceremony with DPSCD summer graduates.

My child has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), will it automatically transfer?
The Department of Special Education will review each student’s IEP and offer programs and services to meet the student’s eligibility. The process of transitioning students to DPSCD by completing an IEP records review is happening now. The DPSCD team has scheduled dates to visit the 11 EAA schools in April and May of 2017.

Our family enjoys the special programs available at our EAA school. Will those programs be available at DPSCD?
Detroit Public Schools Community District will work to identify programs that are closely aligned with the enrichment your child(ren) are receiving. Although we cannot promise identical programs in every case, the District’s vast community partnerships have created a wide range of programs that we feel will address all of your family’s needs.

What programs are in place to prepare my child(ren) for career and college readiness?
Detroit Public Schools has a variety of college preparation resources and tools. We have schools that are designed to provide students on career pathways at all levels. For example, we have a medical program that prepares students to take the paramedics and fire fighter exam upon completion of the coursework. We also have a program at Davis Aerospace that prepares young pilots, and many of our students can test for their pilot’s license prior to getting their driver’s license.

In addition to our career pathway schools, we have Career Technical Education Centers that offer programs from culinary arts to plumbing.

Career and Technical Center Sites

  • Breithaupt CTC – Cooking and Other Services, Cosmetology, Automotive Services Technology, Auto Body
  • Golightly CTC – Cooking and Related Culinary Services, Graphics Community, Public Safety, and Welding.
  • Davis Aerospace (@ Golightly) – Aviation/Drone Technology
  • Randolph CTC – Business Administration, Construction Trades, Drafting / Design Technology
  • Crockett – Therapeutic Services

High School Sites

  • Cass – Business Administration, Computer Networking, Finance, Graphics Communication, Marketing, Mechanical Drafting
  • Martin Luther King – Business Administration and Finance
  • Renaissance – Finance
  • Detroit School of Arts (DSA) – Radio and TV Broadcasting
  • Cody Medicine and Community Health Academy – Public Safety (Firefighter/EMT)

What innovative programs does DPSCD offer for students?
DPSCD offers many innovative programs and will be adding more for Fall 2017! Some include:

Montessori
The first eight new public, tuition free Montessori classrooms opened in Detroit in the 2016-17 school year. More programs are being added for the Fall of 2017.

The Detroit Montessori pathway makes Montessori’s time-tested, state-recognized instructional approach accessible to more families in Detroit, and provide a rigorous, child-centered program. Creating new educational options for Detroit parents who want an alternative learning environment that facilitates opportunities for students to explore, build, negotiate, and create, and to bring Montessori’s rich tradition of raising student success to Detroit families, without tuition fees.

Academy of the Americas
Showcases the diversity and richness of our dual language immersion program

Ludington Magnet Middle School and Honors Academy

Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy
Sampson-Webber offers a tremendous science program that includes an outdoor classroom and partnership with professors from Lawrence Technological University, including a pathway for college scholarship opportunities

Other Innovations include

  • Arabic Dual Language Immersion and Technology Academy
  • Smaller Learning Communities at Detroit Collegiate Preparatory at Northwestern
  • Project Lead the Way at Cass Technical High School – Project based learning
  • Cooke S.T.E.M. Academy, John R. King STEM and Performing Arts Academy
  • Over-Age English Language Learner Classroom at Priest Elementary-Middle School
  • Accelerated program at Mark Twain School for Scholars
  • Neinas Dual Language Learning Academy
  • L. Holmes Academy of Blended Learning
  • Clippert Multicultural Honors Academy

Does DPSCD have a different grading scale or matriculation requirements?
Students will maintain their transitioning grade level. Students who demonstrate a need for a stronger curriculum, additional support (e.g. AP classes) will be provided.

My child(ren) participates in sports and/or extracurricular activities, will he/she have to try out or will students lose their position?
EAA schools have been and will continue to be a part of the Detroit Public Sports League. All students who participated in sports/athletics in previous years will have the same privileges afforded to them in the league’s guidelines.

How will I obtain my child(ren)’s school records/transcripts?
Student records/transcripts can be retrieved from the school they currently attend.

If I choose to move my child(ren) to a different DPSCD school, will their school records/transcripts transfer over?
All transcript data for your child(ren) will be transferred to the new school within DPSCD.

If my child(ren) has already graduated while the school was an EAA school, will DPSCD be able to provide proof of graduation/diploma?
Yes, DPSCD will have graduation information for all students that graduated from EAA schools.

Can my student(s) still participate in the Detroit Promise Scholarship?
Yes. The Detroit Promise Scholarship is available to all qualifying students in Detroit who graduate from any Detroit High School.

Will this transition interfere with any scholarship application processes or financial aid approval process?
The District is committed to working with our incoming senior students ensure they capture every opportunity to support their higher education career.