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If EAA enrollment falls, EAA may fail

Gov. Rick Snyder’s experimental district for failing schools, the Education Achievement Authority (EAA), will end if “parents just don’t take your children there,” Helen Moore, school reform activist and founder of Keep the Vote No Takeover, tells groups wherever she goes. Copies of the lease agreements signed by Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts and EAA Chancellor John Covington reveal t ...

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Breaking it down

One of the least reported events from the Mackinac Policy Conference was the gathering of Detroit mayoral candidates. Moderated by Nolan Finley of the Detroit News and Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press, four hopefuls discussed their views on Detroit. The selection of participants was unclear. Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan were obvious choices ...

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Failing charter operators keep expanding in Michigan  

A new Education Trust-Midwest (ETM) analysis of charter schools scheduled to open in Michigan this fall shows chronically low-performing operators are continuing to expand rapidly in the state, regardless of what’s best for students. The data demonstrate Michigan needs to seriously consider holding charter authorizers more accountable for school quality. ...

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Advocates outraged over $21 billion cut to food stamps program

Congressional leaders and anti-hunger advocates expressed outrage over a U.S. House committee’s passage of a bill that includes a $21 billion slash in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program. The bill, formally known as the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, passed out of committee by a vote of 36-10 on May 15. A day be ...

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Frederick Douglass statue cleared for U.S. Capitol Visitor Center site

After a long battle, the District of Columbia will finally have representation among the statuary on Capitol Hill. The House voted May 21 to authorize the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for the unveiling of the District’s statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, a former resident, on June 19. The House vote was the final step in the process because the resolution was already passed ...

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Oh, the humanities! Kev, go ahead, sell the van Goghs

A week ago, many of you thought Detroit needed an emergency manager. You said, on Twitter and at dinner, that it was “about time someone fixed Detroit.” You haven’t noticed the school closings nor have you bothered to read anything about the failing state district Educational Achievement Authority, other than last year’s full-page advertisements. You can’t wait to shop at the new Meijer on what used to be p ...

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Citizen groups dismayed at being barred from African Union summit

As the African Union prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), AU officials have for the first time refused access to citizen groups, civil society organizations and foreign diplomats, among others, to their high-level summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “This has not come from the commission; this has come from the member states themselves,” said AU Chair Nkosazana Dlam ...

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