Gov. Rick Snyder issues executive order to move School Reform Office back to Dept. of Education

Press Release

Date: June 30, 2017
Location: Lansing, MI
Issues: Education

Gov. Rick Snyder today moved the School Reform Office from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget back to the Michigan Department of Education through Executive Order 2017-5.

The SRO was created by statute in 2010 and housed in the MDE to help turn around Michigan"s lowest performing schools. In 2015, Gov. Snyder signed an executive order that moved the SRO under the control of DTMB, which also houses the Center for Educational Performance and Information. The restructuring complemented the center's efforts and ensured the SRO had the latest data to improve Michigan's most struggling schools and help students succeed.

"Improving our schools and holding them accountable for their performance is critical to Michigan students" success," Snyder said. "Under the leadership and commitment of Natasha Baker and State Superintendent Brian Whiston, the School Reform Office has done great work to establish policies and procedures that promote sustainable and positive student outcomes. Moving the office back to MDE will ensure the efficient continuation of those efforts."

Superintendent Brian Whiston said: "We welcome back the School Reform Office to stay aligned in improving the lowest achieving schools and strengthening the Partnership Model we have established with struggling districts. Lifting all students to higher levels of achievement will help Michigan become a Top 10 education state in 10 years."