LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, on Wednesday released the following statement after the Senate passed partisan legislation to eliminate the state’s A-F accountability and ranking system for Michigan public schools:
“House Bill 4166 takes away transparency and makes it harder for parents to know how their children’s schools are performing.
“Our current system — which this bill seeks to eliminate — assigns a letter grade ‘A’ through ‘F’ to several areas of school performance, including proficiency in reading and math, student growth, graduation rates, and a school’s performance in comparison with its peers.
“This easy-to-understand system allows parents to quickly see how a school is performing on these metrics, and to compare the performance of multiple schools in their area when making choices about what is best for the education of their child.
“Instead of helping students learn and improving educational outcomes, the only thing this bill accomplishes is to make it more difficult for parents and taxpayers to know if their local schools are effective.”