Who's DeVos? A Closer Look at Trump's Choice for U.S. Secretary of Education
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In November, President-elect Donald Trump chose conservative Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos--a woman with a long history as an advocate for voucher schemes and for-profit charter schools--as his nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education. DeVos' confirmation hearing has been set for Jan. 17.
Flint Schools: Dealing With the Damage Done
The most recent numbers showing lead levels in the water of Flint’s public schools continue to hit with spine-chilling impact.
Thirty months after an appointed emergency manager made the ill-fated decision to begin using the dangerously corrosive Flint River as the municipal water source for a city of nearly 100,000 people, the water is still not safe to drink unless it first passes through a filter.
That’s after a year of intense study by federal, state and local officials as well as some of the nation’s leading experts from a variety of universities.
ACLU of Michigan and Education Law Center Sue to Protect Schoolchildren from State and Local Violations of Federal Laws
FLINT – On behalf of 15 named plaintiffs and tens of thousands of schoolchildren in Flint, the ACLU of Michigan and the Education Law Center filed a class-action civil rights lawsuit in Flint today, documenting ongoing violations of federal education laws by the State of Michigan and local school authorities.
Lansing Watchdog: Zeroing In on the Failures of Zero Tolerance Discipline Policies in Schools
ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – Week of September 19, 2016
ACLU of Michigan Launches “MPowerED” Campaign to End Inequality in Education
DETROIT—With public schools in decline statewide and Michigan tumbling from national leader in public education to faltering also-ran, the ACLU of Michigan today kicked off a major reform campaign aimed at ensuring the state honors its obligation to provide quality education to all its schoolchildren.
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.
A single mom who works the late shift in the office of a trucking company, Belton once enjoyed the convenience and safety for her children that the school provided.
But no more.
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 forensic audit of the district’s finances.
Board members have long called for such an audit—but with no budget and virtually no power, they’ve been unable to launch an in-depth probe to root out corruption.
Democracy Watch: Politics Compel EMU Board To Keep EAA Alive
In a move characterized by critics as both overtly political and terribly damaging, the Board of Regents for Eastern Michigan University on Tuesday decided to keep the controversial Education Achievement Authority breathing when the board ducked a vote that could have pulled the plug on this abject failure.
The test subjects of this misguided educational experiment have been the children attending the 15 low-performing Detroit schools that Gov. Rick Snyder placed in the EAA when he created it four years ago.
Democracy Watch: EAA Earns Failing Marks on Openness
Last December, regents for Eastern Michigan University put the Education Achievement Authority on notice, saying that a number of severe problems had to be addressed in the coming year for the controversial school district to remain in existence.
Conceived by the Snyder administration as an experimental approach to educating students in the state's lowest-performing schools, the EAA has been a profound failure since it first began operating 12 Detroit schools as well as overseeing three charters in the fall of 2012.