State of Michigan officials are threatening to close dozens of poor-performing schools across the state.
The list includes some in West Michigan, and those schools on the list are being asked to improve their test scores.
The plan has been called completely irresponsible by Democratic state lawmakers.
The state's School Reform Office, or SRO team, will make the decision at the end of the 2016-17 school year. The fate of more than 100 schools across Michigan is in limbo.
Six schools are in Kent County, two in Muskegon, seven in Kalamazoo, five in Calhoun, and one in Ionia County.
Top administrators at the two Lakeshore districts with schools the state considers failing met Wednesday, Aug. 17, with those who will decide what school will close.
The SRO team spent part of the afternoon with superintendents from Muskegon Public Schools and the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy. The SRO is in the process of meeting with school superintendents across the state.
It's part of an on-going process to determine which of the state's 100-plus failing schools will close. Some might be closed by June of next year.
Nelson School in Muskegon and the Muskegon Heights High School are on the state's list of low-performing schools. Superintendents at both districts said it was too early to make comments about the meetings.
The schools in question are ranked in the bottom five-percent on state exams. The SRO has said not all of the schools will close, but some will.
The plan is controversial.
"The School Reform Office is using data that education experts at every level have denounced as fundamentally flawed," said Chris Wigent, the Michigan Association of School Administrators Executive Director.
Wigent says in determining the lowest performing schools the state relies scores from three years of data from two very different tests -- the MEAP and M-STEP.
"They have no consistent data to use to determine what action, if any, could be taken against these schools," Wigent said.
Several Kent County schools on the low performing list are also getting visits from the state.
Godwin Heights Superintendent Bill Fetterhoff says representatives from the SRO visited his district yesterday. Godwin Heights Senior High School is on the list of low performing schools. Fetterhoff is hopeful the school has made enough progress to get off the low performing list this year.
Representatives of the SRO plan to visit Grand Rapids Public Schools at the end of the month. Four GRPS schools are on the low performing list.