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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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