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DING DONG! The Education Achievement Authority is dead! (in a year and a half)

Bowing to immense pressure from faculty, students, employees, education activists, as well as the general public, the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents finally gave notice that it is ending its intralocal agreement with Gov. Snyder’s failed experiment on Detroit school children known as the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) this afternoon.

The move came after what can only be described as a face-saving move by EAA Chancellor Veronica Conforme who yesterday bizarrely encouraged the Board of Regents to put an end to the organization that employs her and that she has so vociferously defended since she began working there as a consultant under the disgraced former Chancellor John Covington.…

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Michigan Dems offer a one-sentence bill to repeal Emergency Manager Law that GOP apologists irrationally still defend

Michigan Dems offer a one-sentence bill to repeal Emergency Manager Law that GOP apologists irrationally still defend

On Monday, Michigan Democrat David Knezek introduced Senate Bill 734. The bill contains a single sentence:

The local financial stability and choice act, 2012 PA 436, MCL 141.1541 to 141.1575, is repealed.

Wouldn’t it be beautiful if the entire anti-democratic failed experiment known as Michigan’s Emergency Manager law, a law and policy that has done so much harm to our state, was brought down with a single sentence?

There has never been a time in Michigan when it was more clear that taking away democracy with the imposition of an Emergency Manager and the entire concept of Emergency Management is completely flawed and failed.…

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UPDATED: EMU faculty passes “no confidence” vote over Board of Regents’ pact with Education Achievement Authority, Republicans say they’re killing it

Over the past couple of months, multiple Colleges in the Eastern Michigan University system have passed resolutions of “No Confidence” in the EMU Board of Regents. These groups include the Colleges of Education, Arts & Science, Technology, and Health & Human Services.

Yesterday, the entire Faculty Senate did the same. You can read their resolution HERE.

In their resolution of “No Confidence”, they specifically call out EMU’s continued association with Gov. Snyder’s failed experiment on Detroit school children known as the Education Achievement Authority (EAA). The EAA only exists at this point because of the intralocal agreement it has with EMU.…

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Michigan Republicans push laws to punish Detroit teachers who revealed shocking conditions in their schools

Michigan Republicans push laws to punish Detroit teachers who revealed shocking conditions in their schools

Four state Senators, Phil Pavlov, Joe Hune, David Robertson, and Goeff Hansen have had quite enough of uppity Detroit teachers who have staged “sick-outs” to draw attention to the deplorable – unconscionable, really – conditions in their schools. Images and stories of dead vermin, mushrooms growing out of the wall, disintegrating floors, walls, and ceilings, and clear evidence of black mold in the schools attended by Detroit children have shocked the state and drawn national attention to the disinvestment in DPS under a series of Emergency Managers over the past seven years.

Here’s are some of the photos:

Mushrooms in a classroom.…

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BREAKING: Former Flint Emergency Manager, current overseer of Detroit Schools to resign, refusing to testify before Congress

Darnell Earley, the former Flint Emergency Manager and current Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager will resign on February 29th according to a statement released by Gov. Snyder this morning on the state website.

Earley, who has denied he was responsible for any of the problems in Flint or Detroit Schools, is quoted in the statement as basically saying, “Mission Accomplished”:

When I was appointed to this position, Gov. Snyder and I agreed that our goal was for me to be the last emergency manager appointed to DPS. I have completed the comprehensive restructuring, necessary to downsizing the central office, and the development of a network structure that empowers the educational leadership of our schools to direct more resources toward classroom instruction.…
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Detroit Schools Emergency Manager on deplorable conditions in school buildings: ::SHRUG::

Detroit Schools Emergency Manager on deplorable conditions in school buildings: ::SHRUG::

The outrageous working/learning environment in some of Detroit school buildings has gotten national and even international attention over the past few months. Over the past month, teachers have staged multiple “sick-outs” to protest the deplorable conditions they are forced to try to teach in, resulting in multiple school closings. Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Emergency Manager Darnell Earley has tried twice to get courts to intervene but was rebuffed both times. Yesterday, DPS students themselves staged a protest. The only outcome of that expression of civil disobedience was that some of them were suspended:

Students spilled onto the street as Communication and Media Arts high schoolers walked out, standing up for their teachers – and their education despite a five-day suspension handed down by principal Donya Odom.…
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VIDEO: Flint City Council voted on joining Karegnondi Water Authority, NOT to use the Flint River for all their water (UPDATED)

VIDEO: Flint City Council voted on joining Karegnondi Water Authority, NOT to use the Flint River for all their water (UPDATED)

NOTE: A big thanks to Eclectablog reader Meaghan Allen who sent me the video shown below along with some most-excellent analysis of it.

Despite widespread reporting otherwise, many defenders of the Emergency Manager policy in Michigan and of Gov. Rick Snyder’s role in the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water continue to claim that the Flint City Council voted to move to the Flint River for their water themselves.

They did not.

As it turns out, there is actual video evidence of this because the March 25th, 2013 City Council meeting where the vote happened is on video. The meeting is very long, clocking in a just under three and half hours.…

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Some Flint schools are in as deplorable condition as Detroit's (and they can't use the water)

Some Flint schools are in as deplorable condition as Detroit’s (and they can’t use the water)

In the ongoing scandal of the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water by the Snyder administration and the heart-wrenching reports of the dilapidation of Detroit Public Schools, there’s another untold story being reported today by the Detroit Free Press. Because the schools are old and may contain lead in the water lines, students cannot drink, shower with, or swim in the water:

Mike Williams lives in Grand Blanc and coaches boys basketball at Flint Beecher, which is in Mt. Morris Township, so the Flint water crisis doesn’t hit home with him … until he goes to his day job.

Williams teaches physical education at Flint Northwestern, which is kind of like ground zero for the disaster that has people in Flint unable to drink the water in their homes.

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PHOTOS: #FlintWaterCrisis & Michigan State of the State protest – This is NOT what democracy looks like


[All photos by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog]

As lawmakers and other political movers and shakers in Michigan gathered together in the cozy warmth of Michigan’s State Capitol Building for Governor Snyder’s 2016 State of the State Address, over 500 protesters from around the state gathered in the frigid cold outside to demand substantive action by the state government to respond to the poisoning of Flint’s drinking water with the powerful neurotoxin lead. Though protesters chanted, “This is what democracy looks like,” the fact is that this is, in fact, NOT what democracy looks like. In fact, the human-caused catastrophe in Flint is the direct result of democracy being replaced by what is essentially a one-person dictatorship.…

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If I were to write Governor Snyder’s State of the State Address, January 19, 2016 would stand alone in history

Most of you don’t know that I have literally written thousands of speeches, not for myself, but for many leaders in organized labor, titans of industry, and some serious politicians, some of whom are serving today. These speeches are written within the guidelines of confidential agreements and I have always taken this job very seriously, paying a great deal of attention to the person’s natural delivery and passion, or sometimes the lack thereof.

As I was writing my column for today, and this is NOT it (well, it is now), it occurred to me that if Governor Rick Snyder sought me out to help with his State of the State Address, it would go something like what I am about to write.…

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Why is the man most to blame for the #FlintWaterCrisis, Darnell Earley, still the Emergency Manager of Detroit schools?

Why is the man most to blame for the #FlintWaterCrisis, Darnell Earley, still the Emergency Manager of Detroit schools?

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– Chris

On April 16, 2013, Flint Emergency Manager Ed Kurtz signed an agreement on behalf of the city to form a new water district that would, when the project was completed, get its water from Lake Huron via a new pipeline. The decision was made in order save money since water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) was very expensive.…

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