Eastern Michigan board stays aligned with Educational Achievement Authority despite protests

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YPSILANTI, Michigan — The Eastern Michigan Board of Regents has decided to remain affiliated with the statewide Educational Achievement Authority despite the school president's recommendation to end it.

The governing board voted 6-2 Friday to extend an agreement through 2016 with the authority created to take over the state's low-performing schools. The school system backed by the Gov. Rick Snyder was formed through an agreement between Detroit schools' emergency manager and the Ypsilanti school.

The vote drew loud, disruptive protests from many attendees, who have criticized financial management, high salaries and poor performance. They also are angered over the loss of local control.

The agreement includes a stronger partnership between the university and authority, demonstrated student achievement, fiscal responsibility and transparency.

Eastern President Susan Martin says she's disappointed but respects the board's decision.

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