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Eastern Michigan University Students Continue Protests Against Education Achievement Authority

Mar 25, 2014

Some Students and faculty at Eastern Michigan University continue to speak out against the university’s contract with the Education Achievement Authority. 

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Much of the public comments at Tuesday's board of regents meeting were from students accusing the school of putting corporate interests ahead of the education of kids in Detroit.  Many students had tape over their mouths and held signs accusing EMU officials of silencing them. 

President Susan Martin believes the meeting shows that’s not the case.   She says its great students are engaged in their community and able to share their feelings on important issues.

Police Chief Bob Heighes did cautioned students that he would have to respond if cake was thrown on the regents.  He says this was an effort to avoid legal issues for the students and not to prevent them from speaking against the EAA.

Chair of the Board of Regents Francine Parker says the regents will take up the EAA issue at the appropriate time.  Under the agreement between EMU and the EAA, after December 30, 2014, the University can provide notice of its intent to withdraw on the first June 30th at least 180 days after the notice.      

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.