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House approves expansion of failing district

LANSING –  Michigan’s Republican-led House of Representatives approved March 20, legislation to expand the statewide experimental district for failing students, the Educational Achievement Authority. The EAA was created in 2011 by an agreement between Gov. Rick Snyder, former Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts and Eastern Michigan University’s board of regents. Fifteen DPS schools were tak ...

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Duggan mum on state theft of city funds

While mayors across the state are claiming state actions to withhold revenue sharing funds from local governments are “unconstitutional” and “illegal,” Mayor Mike Duggan so far is silent on the state’s diversion of $772 million from the city of Detroit. It’s a loss experts say led to the consent decree, the appointment of emergency manger Kevyn Orr and the filing of bankruptcy. ...

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ACLU calls on state to ‘shed light’ on stand your ground laws

In response to the killings and subsequent verdicts in the deaths of Florida teens Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, and the killing of Detroit resident Renisha McBride, as well as countless nationally unknown cases, the ACLU of Michigan has called on state Attorney General Bill Schuette to commission research into the state’s “stand your ground” laws. “As the anguish surrounding these tragic deaths understa ...

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Value choices

Voices critical of Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s plan are growing. Basic assumptions fostered by Orr, the corporate-foundation elite and their media are being undermined. The criticisms of community and labor activists are spreading from the streets to the halls of academia as it is becoming clear the decisions we are facing are not only about Detroit, but also about the kind of country we will beco ...

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Orr’s focus: Balance sheet, crime

For the first time since his appointment by Gov. Rick Snyder in March 2013, Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr agreed to sit for an interview with the Michigan Citizen. Orr’s interpersonal and logical skills were evident in the nearly one-and-a-half hour interview. Throughout, he reveals a view of the role of government that places an emphasis on accounting. Orr believes his work should be focused nearly s ...

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Tests show Snyder’s EAA, a failure

Gov. Rick Snyder’s experimental school district, the Education Achievement Authority, is a failure. Release of test data by Michigan Department of Education reveals the EAA is failing not only the “failing” students it was created to serve, but it is failing students who previously were proficient. Tom Pedroni, Director of the Detroit Data and Democracy Project and Associate Professor for Curriculum Studies ...

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Evil consequences

This week Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr visited the Michigan Citizen. We had a wide-ranging discussion about his role as emergency manager, his understanding of the development of the city, and his hopes for the future. The Citizen staff developed questions, intended to give our readers an opportunity to hear from Mr. Orr. We chose not to debate him, but to guide his conversation into areas that affect all of ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Taras, the Ukrainian freedom fighter undaunted by Russians. Tamika, a Black woman totally disrespected at a Detroit Shell gas station but standing strong against big oil bullying. Both are Facebook friends of mine separated by thousands upon thousands of miles. Their fervor for justice appeared on the smart phone screen as I scanned my newsfeed to see what Facebook friends were posting. Hmmm, that Shell gas ...

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GRIM ‘FUTURE CITY’ FOR POOR NEIGHBORHOODS

Don’t wait for the street lights to come on because they will not — in certain neighborhoods. Nor will there be any kind of infrastructure investment in the neighborhoods written off by Detroit Future City planners. Instead, there will be forests and storm water retention ponds, limited public transportation, and only those residents who brave it out. So residents don’t have to worry about being relocated, ...

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