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City Council passes charter revisions after governor denies them

Amendments would clarify counsel’s role, allow some gifts, gratuities By Mike Sandula The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Detroit residents will get to decide on four proposed changes to the City Charter in the Nov. 6 election. After Gov. Rick Snyder denied three proposed City Charter amendments, City Council voted to approve them anyway. The three amendments would remove the prohibition on gifts to city officia ...

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City disregards Charter mandates

By Marcus Wright Special to Michigan Citizen DETROIT — The city of Detroit is batting 3-for-7 in its implementation of the new provisions mandated by the 2012 Charter. The new provisions include Council by Districts; City Insurance; Community Advisory Councils; Green Initiatives; Debarment Ordinance; Contract Approval and Disclosure; Redundancy Report Issued; Appointment of Inspector General. Districts are ...

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Dems should make their platform plain

The Democratic National Convention has been held. Strategy and tactics have been developed. The public speeches have been made. What did the speakers say to make you go out and vote? I listened to some of the speakers. The one that moved me most was (President Bill) Clinton. He broke it down, made it plain. That’s what the Democrats need to do. They need to make their whole program simple. Everybody needs t ...

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Are you better off than you were four years ago?

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Judging from the recently concluded Republican and Democratic conventions, the question of who will be inaugurated as president in January may turn on how voters answer a question posed by Ronald Reagan in his 1980 debate with Democratic incumbent Jimmy Carter: Are you better off today than you were four years ago? The question was raised at the Repu ...

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Data-driven decisions

By Shea Howell Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT—Over the next few weeks we are going to hear a lot about data-driven decisions. The Detroit Works Long Term Planning Project will be holding what it calls community conversations on the strategies for development it has generated. Public schools will be counting children, teachers, attendance and class size. Tests and “measures of accountability” are be ...

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DNC launches re-election campaign

By Hazel Trice Edney Trice Edney News Wire CHARLOTTE , N.C. — President Barack Obama, four years after taking office on Mile High Mountain in Denver, was set to accept the nomination to lead America four more years this week. Despite the tough race ahead, he won’t be alone, says Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., at the Democratic National Convention. “This convention is primarily a ...

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U.S. hears Detroiters’ school woes

U.S. Dept. of Ed. visits Detroit to listen to parents, educators By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — U.S. Department of Education officials received an earful Aug. 30 from Detroit’s disgruntled parents, teachers and community activists regarding the dictatorial governance of the Detroit Public School (DPS) system under emergency managers. The meeting was held in Detroit City Council C ...

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Job training contractor calls foul play on DESC

Provider says they were wrongfully terminated, files grievances By Mike Sandula The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — A company that has provided jobs, education and training (JET) to Detroiters for over 20 years has been put out of a job. On Aug. 31, TWW Employment Solutions’ JET contract — worth over $1 million annually — with Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) was terminated. DESC recently replaced ...

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Republicans have nothing coming in Detroit

The Republican and Democratic National Conventions are being held the last week of August and the first week of September. Have you hear anyone at the Republican National Convention say anything to make you think the party had the best interest of labor, working people and the poor at heart? What do you hope to hear from Democrats at the Democratic National Convention that will assure you they’re continuing ...

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Purposeful education

By Shea Howell Special to the Michigan Citizen This week, children around the country are returning to school. Detroit is no exception. After a contentious summer, culminating in the return of academic responsibility to an elected school board, schools are once again opening their doors. But the Detroit Public School (DPS) system is now a very small part of the educational landscape. It now consists of less ...

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