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IT’S THE DEBT!

Attorney and Moratorium Now activist Jerry Goldberg says he and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr are largely in agreement: It is bank debt that is causing the city’s financial crisis. How the debt is dealt with is where they differ. “We challenge the legitimacy of the debt,” Goldberg said, “while Orr is mandated under the law to pay the banks. He’ll do that by selling off assets, including the art in the DIA, th ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

A word of caution: This column is not politically correct and may use language offensive to some — so go away now and don’t bother me about it on the street. I warned you in my first “Detroit Raw:” “I don’t give a damn about being politically correct. We have been marginalized to the point where it is pointless to engage such babble — get correct about freeing Detroit and yourself, then get with me.” ...

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EM to move Davis Aerospace program from City Airport

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts recently announced what he called an ambitious and strategic plan to close and consolidate more DPS schools, including Davis Aerospace Technical High School. The Davis Aerospace program, which has existed for 60 years, is one of only a few in the country and the only program of its kind to be located on an active airport. ...

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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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Lipton: EAA mistreats special ed students

In April, the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) reported more than 5,000 discipline-related infractions occurred over a five month period in its 15 Detroit schools. Offenses ranged from fights to truancy to gambling and disorderly conduct, according to published reports. State Rep. Ellen Cogen-Lipton, D-Huntington Woods, and Wayne RESA Special ED Parent Advocate Aurora Harris say they believe they have ...

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Detroit stands up to Monsanto

“Worldwide on all seven continents today people are marching. They’re moving and creating the tipping point for us to push back against corporate interests,” Charity Hicks, coordinator of the Detroit Food Justice Taskforce and one of the founders of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, told an energized crowd gathered in Detroit’s Eastern Market May 25. ...

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Detroit Raw by Sam Riddle

Next mayor on Mackinac? By Sam Riddle Special to the Michigan Citizen Who’s who is packing for Fudge Island to discuss public policy already decided upon with no real need to do anything but dodge horse poop in between drinks, meals and more drinks, and to see if Jeb has really gained as much weight as they say. The next Republican presidential primary may be between the really big boys if Christie doesn’t ...

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