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RED HOOK SUMMER

In theaters Aug. 31, filmmaker Spike Lee returns to his roots with “Red Hook Summer” the sixth film in his Chronicles of Brooklyn series. The film tells the story of Flik, played by child actor Jules Brown, who travels from the suburbs of Atlanta to spend the summer with his preacher grandfather in the rough Red Hook, Brooklyn neighborhood. Lee says he chose that neighborhood because it’s where co-writer Ja ...

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DPS will retain ‘site-based management’ schools

Staff Report DETROIT — Detroit Public Schools Board of Education President Lamar Lemmons says the board will not attempt to rescind Emergency Manager Roy Roberts implementation of “self-governing” schools. An Aug. 14 court ruling by Third Circuit Court Judge John A. Murphy restored the elected Board’s official oversight of academics in the city’s besieged district. Lemmons says, after hearing a presentation ...

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EAA unveils curriculum

Other educators say EAA misleads and parents still in dark By Marcus Wright The Michigan Citizen The Educational Achievement Authority of Michigan (EAA) unveiled its computer learning model to the media Aug. 17. Computer learning is a key component of the new district. The EAA representatives say “the new computer learning model will be a critical part of the learning system at all 15 EAA schools in the new ...

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Voter ID supported most by those with negative attitudes toward African Americans

Special to the NNPA from the Tri-State Defender Support for voter identification laws is strongest among Americans who harbor negative sentiments toward African Americans, according to a new National Agenda Opinion Poll by the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication. Voter ID laws require individuals to show government-issued identification when they vote. The survey findings support rec ...

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School dilemma

The Educational Achievement Authority of Michigan, the new statewide district created to “turn around” the 5 percent lowest-performing schools in the state, is beginning to hold meetings to promote itself. Will you or would you send your child to an EAA school? It doesn’t really matter what it’s called — DPS, charter, EAA, whatever. I want children to have the best educational experience possible. I’m a pro ...

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Democratic questions

By Shea Howell Special to the Michigan Citizen The elected Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Board moved swiftly to regain academic control of our schools. Under Public Act 4 (PA4) the elected school board was stripped of all financial and academic power, but it continued to meet in public settings and to discuss issues. As a result, the elected board was able to address urgent questions facing it. Their actions ...

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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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