(WXYZ) - One year ago, the Education Achievement Authority took over failing schools around the state. In Detroit, about 900 high school seniors became some of the first graduates of the EAA this week.
"I never thought this would happen," said Latoya Moore.
Her son Christian was in trouble before the EAA took over. She says the takeover resulted in a school model that gave her son individual attention. He responded. Not only is he graduating from Ford High School, but he has plans.
"I am going to Madonna University," said Christian. "I want to study criminal justice and work with the FBI."
Christian says he gives two things credit for his success. One, hard work. The other, the EAA.
"Its the best thing that happened to any of us," said Christian.
The statewide school system has been criticized by some who say it takes away local control, and its education models are not proven to be better than previous models.
Christian's mom says she has faith in it after witnessing her son's success.
A school spokesperson says stats are not yet available to show the schools success, but they should be available in a few months. Seven Action News will be sure to follow up on this as the data becomes available.