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In Celebration of CTE EDUCATION By Nancy Mann Jackson etroit, once the booming capital of the automotive industry, was one of the hardest hit cities by the Great Recession. Automakers sought government bailouts, and eventually, the city sought bankruptcy protection. As in many cities and towns where the local economy suffered, Detroit's schools-and students-have also suffered. But now, as Detroit and its citizens work to rebuild "Motor City," education is taking center stage. In an effort to bring Detroit back to its former glory, city and state governments have implemented rigorous changes in career and technical education (CTE) programs. Most notably, a new program in the lowest-performing schools in Detroit allows students to complete two years of college courses or long-term, paid apprenticeships while in high school. 30 Techniques February 2014 improve their livelihoods and the future of their children, Detroit must continue to create jobs and create a workforce that is ready to do those jobs," says John Covington, chancellor of Michigan's Education Achievement Authority (EAA). "This new program will help provide 1,000 students a chance to earn college credit at no cost to them while they are still in high school, and help them win paid, long-term emeffort can make an enormous difference in the lives of Detroit families." Schools in Transition In 2009, the state of Michigan took over management of the Detroit Public cit, and 29 schools were closed. In 2012, the state formed the EAA, a new school district that is responsible for operating the lowest performing 5 percent of schools in Michigan. The EAA started with 15 of the lowest performing schools in Detroit. While the decision to launch a new, state-run district has been controversial from its beginning, district leaders say the experiment is working. "We set out to be a different kind of school system; one that is totally student-centered and is focused on making sure every student learns every day," Covington says. Spring tests showed that 53 percent of students had achieved two or more years of growth in reading, and 64 percent had achieved at least one year's growth in reading. In math, 41 percent of students achieved two or more years' growth and 68 percent had achieved at least one year's growth. After one year, six of the EAA schools received a "thumbs up" rating from Excellent Schools Detroit, an independent school scorecard organization. The district's other nine schools received no http://www.acteon

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ACTE Techniques February 2014

Leading Edge
Classroom Connection
Leadership Matters
Capitol View
Q and A
Celebrating CTE's Successes
Celebrating One of CTE's Strongest Advocates
Hell Hath No Fury Like a Tornado Spawned
Rebuilding With Education
Making CTE Work Through CTSOs
The Power of CTSOs
A Recap of ACTE's CareerTech Vision 2013
Using Tests to Improve Student Achievement
Ground Source Heat Pumps: From Green to Gold
Inside ACTE
Career Curve

ACTE Techniques February 2014