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Hypocrisy and the real meaning of the dream

Mid-January is the time when Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday is commemorated. Cities, towns, and colleges across the country lift their voices and raise up the language of Dr. King’s dream that people are judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. They cherry-pick the King dream, forgetting he also spoke to the “check marked insufficient funds” and the fact African American ...

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Holding Charter School Boards Accountable

Cesar Chavez Academy’s appointed board cancelled their October, November and December board meetings due to a lack of quorum. These postponed meetings raise questions about accountability. When the board finally met Jan. 16, the Board Vice President Lawrence Garcia addressed concerns over the cancelled meetings explaining the meetings “did not take place but that’s really not all that unusual and certainly ...

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Snyder ignores, Dems need to step up

Michigan’s Public Education landscape has undergone enormous challenges throughout Gov. Rick Snyder’s first term in Lansing. His Secret Skunk Works Project, the Education Achievement Authority, the dissolution of entire school districts including Buena Vista and Inkster coupled with the disproportionate appointment of emergency managers in communities of color have resulted in decreased School Aid Funding t ...

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A question of loyalty

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates isn’t the first political appointee to analyze the work of an administration he served, even if that administration remains in power. In 1999, while President Bill Clinton was still in office, longtime staffer and confidant, George Stephanopoulos wrote of his disenchantment with his political mentor after the Monica Lewinsky story broke. ...

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Reforming outdated school discipline policies

On Jan. 8, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan came to Baltimore’s historic Frederick Douglass High School to announce a comprehensive set of guidelines to tackle the problem of “zero-tolerance” disciplinary policies in our schools. As the National Urban League and others have been pointing out for years, students of color and students with disabilities receive disp ...

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The Push against Cush

Amid freezing temperatures, persistent unemployment and a historic bankruptcy, Detroit news media has provided a front row seat to the greatest show on earth — local Detroit political characters. There has been an unprecedented shift in political reporting. It is less about the problems and proposed policy solutions and now more about the political characters. ...

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Detroit voting issues

While I know many of you are aware, there are quite a few people in Detroit who do not feel the election was fair and the investigation of it was a sham. I am proud to have been one of the people in attendance at the recounting of many of the ballots. If I had not been there for many days and many thousands of ballots, it would not be clear to me that so many of the signatures were the same. If you see the ...

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