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City resources outsourced

Council questions transfer of DWDD’s, DWHP’s fiscal responsibilities By Mike Sandula The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Financial and administrative duties previously handled by the Detroit Department of Workforce Development (DDWD) and the Department of Health and Wellness Promotion (DHWP) will now be carried out by nonprofit entities — a move City Council alleges is a power grab, as well as a violation of the ...

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SHIELDS OF FLINT #1

Olympic Gold medalist Claressa Shields, a Flint native, was honored Aug. 15 by the state Legislature in both the House and Senate upon her return from the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Shields, 17, won Aug. 9 the Olympics’ first-ever women’s boxing event when she defeated Russia’s Nadezda Torlopova. On her way to the gold, the middleweight boxer dominated Marina Volnova from Kazakhstan, Aug. 8, in ...

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EAA provides abstract curriculum

By Marcus Wright Special to the Michigan Citizen DETROIT — In less than two weeks the statewide school district known as the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) will open. Fifteen of Detroit’s most “chronically underperforming” schools and 11,000 students are scheduled to begin classes Sept. 4. In spite of an intensive public relations campaign extolling the high expectations of the EAA, there is a strong ...

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Judge okays separate and unequal schools

Split decision promises more DPS court action By T. Kelly The Michigan Citizen DETROIT — Third Circuit Court Judge John A. Murphy rendered a split decision following a hearing Aug. 14 ruling that Emergency Manager Roy Roberts will retain responsibility for DPS finances, the EAA (Educational Achievement Authority) can continue and the elected board will control academics. “The judge did a Solomon decision,” ...

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Have Blacks lost their spirit for social activism?

By Jessica Williams-Gibson Special to the NNPA from The Indianapolis Recorder During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s, African Americans mobilized and marched for issues such as segregation, racial discrimination and voting rights. Issues Blacks face today include unemployment, health disparities, mass incarceration, education declines, voting hurdles, gun violence and the deterioration of th ...

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Citizens support board canceling contract with EMU

On Aug. 29, the Detroit Board of Education voted to terminate the interlocal agreement between the Detroit Public Schools and Eastern Michigan University that created the Educational Achievement Authority and transferred 15 DPS schools and 11,000 students to the EAA. Claiming enrollment in the Detroit Public Schools is now too low for board members to be elected by district, Michigan Attorney General Bill S ...

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Upsetting friends

By Shea Howell Special to the Michigan Citizen The attack on the elected Detroit School Board is a direct assault on democracy. It is a mean spirited, small minded and vindictive action that reveals the motives of Lansing to strip Detroit of any power over its own resources and future. Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette have gone too far, even for their most loyal supports, Stephen Henderso ...

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Democratic Election Results

State HouseDistrict 1 Brian BanksDistrict 2 Alberta Tinsley TalabiDistrict 3 John OlumbaDistrict 4 Rosemary RobinsonDistrict 5 Fred DurhalDistrict 6 Rashida TlaibDistrict 7 Thomas StallworthDistrict 8 David NathanDistrict 9 Harvey SantanaDistrict 10 Phil Cavanaugh   ProposalsDIA Arts Millage PASSEDProp J Jails Millage PASSEDU.S. House District 14Gary Peters U.S. House District 13John ConyersProsecuting Atto ...

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Superseding shallowness

By Shea HowellSpecial to the Michigan CitizenLast week, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that the voters can decide whether we will continue to have emergency managers (EMs) in our state. This was a long fight. Stand Up for Democracy and the Detroit NAACP overcame unprecedented obstacles in their efforts to move this choice from a petition drive to a ballot question.Now the forces protecting EMs are reg ...

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Hantz Farms relies on community support for project

Hantz Farms President Mike Score shows the demonstration project near Davison and Mt. Elliot, where over 900 trees were planted in vacant lots. ERIC T. CAMPBELL PHOTO By Eric T. CampbellThe Michigan CitizenDETROIT — After initial skepticism, some community activists on the lower east side are supporting the sale of city-owned lots for repurposing as a large-scale tree farm. The 170-acre forestry development ...

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