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President Obama, it’s time for an urban agenda

A new study shows that families who benefit from federally assisted housing programs live near low-performing schools. Many poor, Black families are far — in proximity and otherwise — from opportunity. Millions of families live in traditional public housing, Section 8 subsidized apartments or benefit from the Low Income Housing Tax Credit. And if they receive any of these benefits, they are likely to be loc ...

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Detroit smarts

Pundits put down citizens of Detroit all of the time. Truth be told, pundits should watch Detroit and stop listening to each other. First, if there is so much illiteracy here, why were the ballot results within the city in such sharp contrast to the statewide vote? Where “no” votes triumphed in the hinterlands on every issue but Proposal 1, Detroiters thoughtfully maneuvered their way through 18 ballot prop ...

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Get out the vote, Detroit!

This cycle, our top of the ticket endorsement is to reelect president Obama for a myriad of different reasons, including his support of the Affordable Care Act, which we believe, along with Medicaid, should be expanded. We have reserved opinion in other races except for the Supreme Court, for which we support Judges Shelia Johnson and Connie Marie Kelley and University of Michigan Law professor Bridget Mary ...

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Parents have rights

Detroit parents’ continued outrage over the emergency management of Detroit Public Schools (DPS) is justified. After 10 years of state control of DPS, the education picture is bleak: overcrowded classrooms, unilateral decisions from the top down, relentless privatization, dropping scores, fleeing students, chaotic school openings and a demoralized staff. No one has access to finances to know what is being s ...

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