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Bill introduced to prevent firework disturbances

LANSING — Senator Tupac A. Hunter, D-Detroit, introduced legislation last week that would give local governments the power to regulate the use of fireworks on any day and at any time during the year. While Michigan law was amended to expand the sale and use of once-illegal fireworks in the state, there are currently no state laws that regulate their use the day before, day of and day after federal holidays. ...

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Failing charter operators keep expanding in Michigan  

A new Education Trust-Midwest (ETM) analysis of charter schools scheduled to open in Michigan this fall shows chronically low-performing operators are continuing to expand rapidly in the state, regardless of what’s best for students. The data demonstrate Michigan needs to seriously consider holding charter authorizers more accountable for school quality. ...

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Advocates outraged over $21 billion cut to food stamps program

Congressional leaders and anti-hunger advocates expressed outrage over a U.S. House committee’s passage of a bill that includes a $21 billion slash in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program. The bill, formally known as the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, passed out of committee by a vote of 36-10 on May 15. A day be ...

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Frederick Douglass statue cleared for U.S. Capitol Visitor Center site

After a long battle, the District of Columbia will finally have representation among the statuary on Capitol Hill. The House voted May 21 to authorize the use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for the unveiling of the District’s statue of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, a former resident, on June 19. The House vote was the final step in the process because the resolution was already passed ...

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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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Failing charters expand in Michigan

The Leona Group, a for-profit charter operator that runs the Highland Park and Muskegon Heights School districts, is listed among the “chronically low-performing charter operators” by the Education Trust-Midwest. The Education Trust analyzed charter school operators scheduled to open in Michigan this fall. ...

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Obama tells Morehouse grads, ‘lead by example’

Congratulations to this distinguished group of Morehouse Men, the Class of 2013! Some of you are graduating summa cum laude, some of you are graduating magna cum laude, and I know some of you are just graduating, “thank you Lordy.” Congratulations to all … the parents and grandparents, brothers and sisters, family and friends who supported these young men in so many ways. ...

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Open letter to U.S. Secretary of Education

Dear Secretary Duncan, I hope this letter finds you well. Welcome to Detroit. As you join Gov. Rick Snyder today to tour facilities in the Educational Achievement Authority (EAA), I felt compelled to bring to your attention several grave issues with this experimental system. I write today not only as a state senator from Detroit whose district encompasses several EAA schools, but as a father of three and a ...

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Reducing the cost of college

According to a recent report, 46 percent of America’s college students and 63 percent of African American students don’t graduate college within six years. As we consider the statistics, there’s nearly a trillion dollars in outstanding student loan debt, only 15 percent of entering college freshman graduate after four years, 40 percent drop out the first year and another 50 percent leave during their second ...

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Bound in the school-to-prison pipeline

California’s balance sheet is mired in an unusual dilemma. While the criminal justice portion of the state budget has increased, the higher education portion has decreased. During recessions, higher education budgets typically experience significant state funding cuts (money for proposed construction projects, campus refurbishment, scholarships/grants), but the corrections budget remains about the same. ...

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