Author: Eclectablog

Who in their right mind thinks improving “failing” schools means defunding then shutting them down? Republicans.

Who in their right mind thinks improving “failing” schools means defunding then shutting them down? Republicans.

This is madness. A Michigan law passed by Republicans allows for schools that don’t meet specific requirements for academic achievement to be simply closed. Shut down. Kids thrown out. It’s a draconian step, one that essentially tells parents, “We don’t want to make the investments in your children’s schools needed to bring them up to par, so we are giving […]

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UPDATED x2: House Republicans crash and burn in attempt to decimate state budget with tax cut

UPDATED x2: House Republicans crash and burn in attempt to decimate state budget with tax cut

In the wee hours of the morning today after a marathon 12-hour session, House Republicans, led by House Speaker Tom Leonard, face-planted mightily in an effort to blow a $1.1 BILLION hole in the state budget by reducing the state income tax over the next four years. Their original salvo was to eliminate the state income tax altogether, an idea […]

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Trump admin refuses to provide Title IX protections to transgender students, Betsy DeVos falls in line to save her job

Trump admin refuses to provide Title IX protections to transgender students, Betsy DeVos falls in line to save her job

Less than a year ago, the administration of President Barack Obama issued an historic guidance document instructing school administrators that anti-transgender rules, regulations, and laws are in violation of federal law including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. This guidance was received the full-throated support of U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr., Attorney General Loretta E. […]

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Don’t buy the fake concession: Michigan GOP still wants to blow a $1.1 BILLION hole in our state budget

Don’t buy the fake concession: Michigan GOP still wants to blow a $1.1 BILLION hole in our state budget

It’s a well-worn technique used over and over and over again by Michigan Republicans: send up a trial balloon of something outrageous that even folks from their own party ask “What the hell???” Then, they come back with something slightly less outrageous but still truly outrageous hoping we’ll all fall for the head fake. I call this the “fake concession” […]

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Episode 20 – Don’t believe the hype! “Anyone who says ACA repeal is fait accompli is just wrong” wsg Andy Slavitt

Episode 20 – Don’t believe the hype! “Anyone who says ACA repeal is fait accompli is just wrong” wsg Andy Slavitt

The show notes for Episode 20 are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2017/02/episode-20-get-active-anyone-who-says-aca-repeal-is-fait-accompli-is-just-wrong-wsg-aslavitt.html STAT OF THE WEEK – Les Leopold at The National Memo – As the top 1% saw their incomes rise 198% from 1978 to 2015, the bottom half’s incomes DECLINED by 1%. Laurel Raymond at ThinkProgress: Hundreds of Republican lawmakers aren’t holding town halls this recess Chris Savage at Eclectablog: Republican […]

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MI-07 Republican Tim Walberg’s insulting hypocrisy on “local control” takes aim at state-based retirement programs

MI-07 Republican Tim Walberg’s insulting hypocrisy on “local control” takes aim at state-based retirement programs

Michigan Republican Congressman Tim Walberg is a tea partier’s tea partier. According to his rhetoric and actions in Congress, there are very few things that wouldn’t benefit from “local control”. He wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act and return healthcare programs to local control. He regularly talks about “improving education and job training initiatives through more local control“. When […]

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While we’re all distracted by Trump’s antics, Michigan Republicans poised to blow a $1 BILLION hole in the state budget

While we’re all distracted by Trump’s antics, Michigan Republicans poised to blow a $1 BILLION hole in the state budget

The costs to replace the lead service lines in Flint is estimated to be north of $50 million. Governor Rick Snyder estimates that it will take $2 billion a year to fix and maintain Michigan’s roads and bridges. Disinvestment in education and our cities has schools being closed and cities on the brink of insolvency. When you add it up, […]

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The Michigan Progressive Summit returns! March 4, 2017 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan

The Michigan Progressive Summit returns! March 4, 2017 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan

Up until three years, the progressive watchdog group Progress Michigan, held an annual conference called “The Michigan Summit”. However, due a lack of participation and a lack of funding, they were discontinued. This year, thanks to the new progressive energy sparked by the ascension of Donald Trump to the Oval Office, the Michigan Summit is back. “Donald Trump has created […]

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Detroit education activists rally TOMORROW (Friday, February 17, 2017) to prevent school closures

Detroit education activists rally TOMORROW (Friday, February 17, 2017) to prevent school closures

Tomorrow, Friday, February 17, 2017, education activists in Detroit will hold a rally to protest the imminent closure of public schools there. The schools are slated to be closed under a draconian new policy in Michigan. The policy says that poor-performing schools that don’t show progress over a three year period may be shut down. 25 schools in Detroit and […]

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CHILLING: This is why we’ve been trying to warn the USA about Betsy DeVos – Destroying the wall between church & state

CHILLING: This is why we’ve been trying to warn the USA about Betsy DeVos – Destroying the wall between church & state

Peter Greene, the amazing education blogger at Curmudgucation, broke a story this week that should send a chill down the spine of anyone who values both public education and the separation of church and state. In his piece “The Hard Right’s Planning Document for Education”, he reveals a new report out from the hard right group Council for National Policy […]

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Why are Republicans working to kill the Election Assistance Commission & make it easier to throw people off voter roles?

Why are Republicans working to kill the Election Assistance Commission & make it easier to throw people off voter roles?

The following guest post was written by Ingham County Clerk and former State Representative Barb Byrum. Enjoy. Recently, President Trump assigned Vice President Mike Pence to oversee a special commission to investigate what he believes to be voter fraud. While I welcome this investigation, I believe the resources that will be expended could be better spent on strengthening the integrity […]

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