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Democracy Watch: Lawsuit Underscores Racial, Political Concerns Raised by State Plan for DPS

Although it has received scant media attention, a lawsuit filed in late June by members of Detroit’s school board, activists and parents could undo the controversial education system Gov. Rick...

Democracy Watch: The Sad Disappearance of the Highland Park School District

EXCERPTED FROM THE METRO TIMES

Sitting on the front porch of the Highland Park duplex she owns, Michelle Belton looked out on what used to be Cortland Elementary school....

Democracy Watch: Water Testing 'Cheats' Exposed in Flint, Other Cities

Britain 's Guardian newspaper deserves kudos for two recent articles dealing with the issue of testing for lead in municipal water supplies. Although one is national in scope, both...

Hopeful But Wary Detroit School Board Demands Forensic Audit in Wake of State Control

Hopeful but wary.

That was the position expressed by the Detroit Public Schools Board of Education at a special meeting held earlier this week to discuss the possibility of conducting a...

A Q&A with the Pediatrician Who Proved Flint’s Water Was Poisoning Its Children

In September 2015, when the state of Michigan was still adamantly denying that the water in Flint was contaminated with lead, Hurley Medical Center pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha unveiled a...

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