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Is the charter school industry paying off Michigan politicians to avoid oversight?

There’s a coordinated attempt afoot to dismantle America’s system of public education, and Michigan Republicans, for the past several years, have been at the forefront, passing laws to weaken our traditional, neighborhood public schools, while, at the same time, clearing the way for unaccountable for-profit charter schools to move in. While I don’t hold out […]

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Now that Ann Arbor is going to be operating a school within Ypsilanti, maybe it’s a good time to broach the subject of our two districts working together, instead of against one another

On August 18, just a few weeks before classes were set to begin at Ann Arbor’s Allen Elementary, a water main broke beneath the school resulting in serious damages that parents were told would take several months to repair. Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) Superintendent Jeanice Swift assured Allen families at the time that, in […]

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Trump supporting Republican Senator suggests we learn our history from Ken Burns DVDs instead of those in the “higher education cartel”. Ken Burns obliges with history lesson on Trump.

This past Thursday, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, warning against what he called the “higher education cartel” in an interview with WisPolitics, suggested that we change the college system in the United States so that our students encounter fewer live instructors, and watch more DVDs. Following is a clip from Inside Higher Ed. …”We’ve got the […]

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Elected leaders and civil rights organizers join Sheriff Clayton to discuss the policing of communities of color at Unity Town Hall

This evening I attended the Unity Town Hall at Eastern Michigan Union, during which Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Black Lives Matter Organizer Myles McGuire, Wahstenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton, Mark Fancher of the Michigan ACLU’s Racial Justice Project, and Washtenaw County Prosecutor Brian Mackie sat before an audience of about 250, responding to questions about civil […]

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Teacher Education Faculty at EMU Unanimously Vote “No Confidence” in Board of Regents

I don’t know that it’s made the news yet, but, on Friday afternoon, in response to the recent decision by Eastern Michigan University’s Board of Regents to continue their enablement of Governor Snyder’s controversial takeover of Detroit Public Schools, faculty within EMU’s Teacher Education department voted unanimously to condemn the actions of the board, all […]

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