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House approves expansion of failing district

LANSING –  Michigan’s Republican-led House of Representatives approved March 20, legislation to expand the statewide experimental district for failing students, the Educational Achievement Authority. The EAA was created in 2011 by an agreement between Gov. Rick Snyder, former Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts and Eastern Michigan University’s board of regents. Fifteen DPS schools were tak ...

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Duggan mum on state theft of city funds

While mayors across the state are claiming state actions to withhold revenue sharing funds from local governments are “unconstitutional” and “illegal,” Mayor Mike Duggan so far is silent on the state’s diversion of $772 million from the city of Detroit. It’s a loss experts say led to the consent decree, the appointment of emergency manger Kevyn Orr and the filing of bankruptcy. ...

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Set your state reps straight

Two Detroit representatives are not doing their job in Lansing. They need citizens to take corrective action. Harvey Santana and John Olumba are on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the school question and on the worst side for children. They are preparing to join Gov. Rick Snyder, the Republican corporate “school reform” movement and vote yes to expand the Education Achievement Authority. ...

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Scholars Behind Bars aim to reform prisoners through books, education

In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed into law the 1994 Omnibus Crime Bill — one of the most callous acts of legislation targeting prisoners that effectively put a lid over their educational ambitions. This act, hidden inside a subsection of that bill, overturned a long-standing section of the Higher Education Act of 1965 permitting inmates to receive a Pell Grant for post-secondary education while incarce ...

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Detroit Raw

It was live TV. The subject matter was the ubiquitous “stand your ground” laws that are used to justify the whacking of those who foolishly invade the space of the armed citizenry. Matter of fact “stand your ground,” coupled with “no duty to retreat,” is the new death penalty in states like Michigan that do not have the death penalty. ...

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Benton Harbor EM gone, but no self-rule yet

Benton Harbor Emergency Manager Tony Saunders left town March 7, but democracy did not re-appear in this southwestern Michigan city, one of the nation’s poorest. Gov. Rick Snyder immediately appointed a Receivership Transition Advisory Board to take control of the city. The board’s powers and duties are laid out in 11-pages of orders left by Saunders. The orders can be viewed at http://bentonharborcity.com/ ...

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Orr: Balance books, improvements follow

(The Mayor and I) see each other every day but we have a standing Thursday meeting where we sit down and go over both what’s happening on his side of operations, my side of restructuring. With city council, it is probably as frequent though less structured, (I met with) council president, I have an open door policy with anyone at council. They have both my personal number and my (cell) phone. And they’re we ...

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