Tag Archives: John Engler

Michigan’s failed experiment with for-profit charter schools gets national attention

It’s nothing new for us. We’ve been talking for years about Michigan’s failed experiment with for-profit charter schools. Now, however, it would seem that word is getting out to the rest of the country. The following clip comes from today’s Washington Post. Charter schools were originally conceived as centers of experimentation and innovation where educators […]

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Everything you ever wanted to know about the Emergency Manager takeover of Michigan, and how we allowed it to happen

I had the good fortune a week or so ago to attend the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit. Among the people that I met while there was attorney Alec Gibbs, who, in recent years, has been keeping busy representing retired public employees left without adequate insurance in the wake of the Emergency Manager takeover of […]

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Coup d’etat in Michigan… following the money, connecting the dots, and assessing Snyder’s role

This afternoon, as over 10,000 protesters surrounded the Capitol building in Lansing, Governor Snyder singed into law legislation that would make Michigan the 24th right-to-work state. When asked why it was so urgent that this be done now, during the lame duck session, outside of the accepted procedural process, Snyder essentially blamed the unions, who, […]

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Public Education Finance Act of 2013… a bold gambit to dismantle public education in Michigan once and for all

Saying “I’ve never considered myself a conspiracy theorist—until now,” Rob Glass, the Superintendent of the Bloomfield Hills School District, sent a letter out to parents in his district yesterday, outlining the education reform plans unveiled last week by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. “This package of bills,” said Glass, “is the latest in a yearlong barrage […]

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Snyder to redraw Michigan battle lines, but how?

When the results of the 2010 Census are made public, they will undoubtedly show that the population of Michigan has continued to decrease. And, as a result, our allotment of seats in the House of Representatives will also fall. At least, that’s my rudimentary understanding of how things work. According to the current apportionment plan, […]

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