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EAA takes up declining revenues, pink-slips 99

Expecting a continuing drop in enrollment, the Education Achievement Authority board at its June 17 meeting approved a smaller budget for 2015, ignored reports of excessive spending on travel, and accepted Chancellor John Covington’s sudden resignation. It also approved pink slips for 99 staff members facing unemployment because of “economic necessity.” At the same time, the board voted to pay itself for tr ...

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Contempt of court

Lennette Williams and her daughter Mailauni first came to public attention in 1998. Ms. Williams then challenged the Chief Judge of Wayne County Probate Court Milton Mack because of his mishandling of her $30 million settlement with Henry Ford Hospital. The money was intended to provide for her and Mailauni because of complications that had arisen during the birth of Mailauni, 16 years earlier. Their case b ...

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Water, dispossession and resistance

Water is a basic human right. That was the strong message sent to the Detroit Works/Detroit Future project during the environmental session held as part of their community conversations. These are the orchestrated conversations Detroit Future claims give it legitimacy to reshape our city. The message that water is a human right was ignored. Neither the subsequent “Strategic Framework” nor current practices ...

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‘Bad deal vs. worse deal’

Pensioners have less than a month to vote on Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan of adjustment to cut the city’s debt and get out of bankruptcy. Ballots were mailed to the city’s 32,0000 pensioners in May, and the deadline to cast their vote on what Orr and supporters call a “grand bargain” is July 11. Pensioners in both classes, the general retirement system and the police and fire retirement system, have t ...

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EM’s failure shuts down DPS Head Start

Because Detroit Public SchoolsEmergency Manager Jack Martin and his staff couldn’t get its application for Head Start funding to the federal government on time, there will be no Head Start in Detroit schools next year, according to elected board President Lamar Lemmons “It is malice of intent or gross incompetence,” Lemmons said in a phone interview. It is part of the “constant school closings and the progr ...

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Detroit Water and Sewerage Department: ‘Water not a human right’

Cleaning up the books at the expense of residents in order to make the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department more attractive to potential buyers outside the city is how one Detroiter described the recent mass water shutoffs in the city. “I was on a payment plan,” Joseph Link II told the Michigan Citizen. “My monthly payment was $190. (So when) they set this up, it automatically put me over the amount (where ...

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DPS board pushes early ed alternative for Stark school

Dismayed that emergency managers have refused to apply for over $200 million in U.S. Department of Education funding for infant education, elected members of the Detroit Public School Board voted to move ahead with a plan developed by board member Juvette Hawkins-Williams to educate Detroit children from birth through five years. Meeting at DPS offices in the Fisher Building, June 3, elected board members u ...

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Mackinac: Detroit key to Michigan’s prosperity

Detroit is not only critical to Michigan’s growth, but also its prosperity. Policy changes and Detroit’s impending emergence from bankruptcy have positioned the city to lead Michigan forward, according to several speakers at this year’s annual Mackinac Policy Conference hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber. “We have one Michigan and one Detroit,” said City Council President Brenda Jones who echoed the opt ...

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Beyond pensions

The dictatorial running of our city distorts our ability to think and discuss the kind of future we want for ourselves and our children. Currently, we engage in an outrageously brutal, sham process of public decision-making. Across the country, more than 32,000 individuals are receiving ballots to vote on the future of their retirement plans. This vote is complicated, misleading, unclear and mismanaged. ...

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