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House expands EAA

Only with the votes of two Detroit state representatives was the Michigan House of Representatives able to pass legislation March 20 expanding the statewide experimental district for failing students, the Educational Achievement Authority. The bill returns to the Senate for a concurrence vote. Fifteen Detroit Public Schools were taken in 2011 to form the district, which was created by an agreement between G ...

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Contracts and the Constitution

A Pontiac lawsuit, which could have far-reaching implications throughout Michigan, was heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati last week. The case was brought by city retirees who had their healthcare benefits slashed by then-Emergency Manager Louis Schimmel in December 2011. A federal lawsuit was filed on behalf of retirees in June 2012. Among other allegations, it was claime ...

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Questionable efforts

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and his high-priced attorneys fail to provide adequate representation for the city. They continue to fall short of basic responsibilities in protecting city interests. It seems Orr and company are determined to give tax money to bankers, no matter how questionable the banker’s claims. The initial efforts to settle debts with Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and USB were rej ...

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Urban radio broadcasts hope for youth

Urban Nation Radio is a web-based radio station that looks to lend a helping hand to urban communities around the country by providing information on becoming successful, staying healthy, and keeping youth focused on study and out of trouble. UNR founder Jason Dixon explained how the station emerged out of a mentoring program at Cass Technical High School. ...

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When elephants and donkeys fight

The Kenyan Proverb, “When elephants fight, the grass suffers,” is very apropos to us, the grassroots. Only in our case, we are fighting over elephants and donkeys, but we are still the ones suffering. We watch the two parties fight every day, and then we take sides and jump in. Who is hurt by that? Certainly not them; it’s always us who are hurt, us who are left behind, and us who are ignored and taken for ...

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Firm in my feminism

In a world dominated by men, particularly white men, feminism is, for me, an empowering concept. It is a movement, which in the United States — according to Wiki, is aimed at “defining, establishing and defending equal social, economic and political rights for women.” It is certainly possible to argue women have come a long way, but while we out-enroll men in college attendance, we don’t out-earn them, no m ...

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