Eastern High building sold; campus to move

By Jaylyn Galloway
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Eastern High School will close its doors for good in five years after the Lansing School Board of Education approved the selling of the school to Edward Sparrow Hospital Association. On Jan. 20 the board voted to sell the high school to Sparrow for $2.5 million after the hospital outbid Capital Area Housing Partnership by about $1 million. The purchase didn’t seem to come as a shock to the students that attend the  school. “We knew it was coming,” Ericia Hoffman, a senior at Eastern, said.

Lansing school dropout rate is better, but it’s still not good

By Alexis Howell
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter

The Lansing School District does not have a perfect record when it comes to graduation attendance. According to Michigan school data, in the 2013-14 school year, Lansing School District had a 24.81 percent dropout rate for students in their first four years of high school, which is well above the state average of 9.61 percent. During the 2011-12 school year, the dropout rate peaked at 28.84 percent. Although Lansing has improved since the 2011-12 school year, the district ultimately went back to around where it was in the 2009-10 school year, which was 25.47 percent. In the 2013-14 school year, Eastern High School had a 21.15 percent dropout rate; Everett High School had a 18.02 percent dropout rate; J. W. Sexton High School had a 18.92 precent dropout rate; and Woodcreek Achievement Center had a 21.74 percent dropout rate.

Lansing School District Braces for Possible Major Changes

March was a big month for education in Michigan, and April is poised to be even bigger. The Education Achievement Authority (EAA), currently in place at 15 Detroit schools, is a program that allows a state-run committee to take control of struggling schools. Once in place, the EAA can create a new curriculum and hire new faculty. The Michigan House of Representatives recently passed an expansion bill that would give the EAA control of the bottom five percent of schools in terms of achievement standards. The bill includes a limit of 50 schools.