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Brighton Area Schools board votes down chartering of tea party charter school

At their meeting on Monday night, the board of Brighton Area Schools held a consensus vote on chartering a tea party charter school being proposed by the “American Classical Academy Coalition (ACAC)” (formerly the “American Christian Academy”.) The vote was 6-to-1 against chartering the “Lindbom Classical Academy” and a formal up-or-down vote has been put on the agenda for their next meeting.

The chances that the Brighton Area Schools will charter a new school that will be housed in the vacant Lindbom Elementary School are now very slim, with a consensus by the board of education that it has no interest in sponsoring a charter school.…
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Freshman Michigan tea party legislator Todd Courser whines about seating assignments on House floor

Tea party Republican Todd Courser is the comical gift that keeps on giving. His latest social media missive is titled “What about the seats?” and is over 2,000 whining words about the tyranny of the state House seating chart.

Srsly.

It’s hard at times to know what should and should not be shared with people about the mechanical processes of official government, nor what is even worth sharing, and how it affects them. As a representative my first duty is of course to God, then to my family, then my home district, and finally to the great people of our state that truly want a voice that is uncompromising in its advocacy for the cause of freedom and liberty.…
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Efforts to create taxpayer-funded “conservative school” in Brighton continue

Over the past two months I have been writing about the efforts of a group of people led by tea party zealot Pasquale Battaglia, to set up a “classical academy” in Brighton, Michigan in an elementary school building purchased from the Brighton Area Schools (BAS). The group is called the American Classical Academy Coalition and they received a $100,000 grant from the state of Michigan in 2012 to open a school in Warren. That school has never been opened despite the fact that the ACAC has received $18,448.44 from our state government.

The group purchased the Lindbom Elementary School building for $1.45 million last year but the source of that money remains a mystery.…

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GUEST POST: Chartering of tea party school by Brighton Area Schools would be a huge mistake

I have been writing about the efforts of a tea party-driven group called “American Christian Classical Academies” (ACA) to open a religion-based school in Brighton and their push to have Brighton Area Schools to be their chartering organization. Having purchased the Lindbom Elementary School from BAS for the tidy sum of $1.45 million, ACA, led by extremist Pasquale Battaglia, are pushing hard for BAS to charter their school. Battaglia is on the record saying that he wants to open the school using our tax dollars and then to detach from the public school system:

We will provide an education option tuition free working toward autonomy from the government and the government run public school systems…

But first Battaglia needs to get his hands on some of those sweet, sweet tax dollars to get his project off the ground.…

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Concerned parents join together to block chartering of tea party school by Brighton Area Schools

I have written before about an effort by a group led by Pasquale Battaglia to get Brighton Area Schools (BAS) to charter his “American Classical Academies” school. This group used to call them “American Christian Academies” before changing the name, and only the name, to avoid being seen for what they are: a tea party influenced school steeped in religion, pretending to be something else in order to rake in state tax dollars.

Last year, BAS sold their Lindbom Elementary School building to Battaglia’s group for $1.45 million. So far, nobody has been able to determine where the money came from.…

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Extremist Michigan theocrats Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser issue bizarre “Liberty Response” to the State of the State Address

Last night during his State of the State Address, Gov. Rick Snyder broke very little new ground. Many of us were happy to hear him support further investments in education and to call for an expansion of civil rights for the LGBT community. One glaring point for me was that Gov. Snyder never once mentioned K-12 education in the part of his speech discussing 2014. Only when he talked about the year ahead did we hear about K-12 education and he completely bypassed the profound failures of his administration and Republican lawmakers when it comes to K-12 classroom students over the past four years.…

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Without irony, tea partier Todd Courser compares himself to gladiators who battled to entertain political sponsors

In a recent article in The Detroit News, tea partier Todd Courser compared himself to the legendary gladiators:

“We were not created by the genteel side of Republican politics,” said Courser, a 42-year-old Lapeer attorney. “We were created from the rough and tumble work of gladiators.”

It’s a beautifully ironic statement given who the gladiators really were:

A gladiator was an armed combatant who entertained audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire in violent confrontations with other gladiators, wild animals, and condemned criminals. Some gladiators were volunteers who risked their legal and social standing and their lives by appearing in the arena.…
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UPDATED x2: Brighton-area religious conservative group moves closer to opening tea party-influenced public school

Last month I wrote about a conservative religious group attempting to open a charter school in Brighton, Michigan. The group was originally called the “American Christian Academies” then later rebranded themselves the “American Classical Academies”, retaining the ACA acronym.

The ACA was recently successful in getting the Brighton Area Schools to sell them one of their elementary school buildings for $1.45 million. More recently, their chief advocate on the BAS school board, Nick Fiani, resigned and is now running for position on the Livingston County intermediate school district board. In posts to his Facebook page, Fiani has cheered the ACA and their intent to implement the Hillsdale “classical education model”.…

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Michigan Lt. Gov. Calley attends Todd Courser & Cindy Gamrat’s tea party Bigotfest 2015

This past weekend, newly-elected extremist tea partiers Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat held “The Powwow”, a gathering of tea partiers with the subtitle, “Going on the Offense”. Given the line-up, “offense” (as in “offensive”) was the operative word in the title, of course.

Courser and Gamrat, who recently released their Manifesto designed to turn Michigan into a theocracy, invited notorious Republican bigot Dave Agema along with a host of other big name bigots to speak to the roughly 300 attendees.

Also in attendance was Michigan’s own Lt. Governor Brian Calley, shown here during Gamrat’s swearing-in ceremony:


[Photo courtesy of Progress Michigan, used with permission.]

Bigotfest 2015 was so toxic with the involvement of Agema that even the conservative corporatist group Mackinac Center declined to participate after Agema was announced as a speaker:

The Mackinac Center’s focus is policy, not politics.…
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The Gamrat/Courser Manifesto: Cindy Gamrat & Todd Courser announce their plans to turn Michigan into a theocracy

Incoming tea party extremists Cindy Gamrat and Todd Courser have already pledged that the first piece of legislation they introduce will be a personhood amendment that would ban abortion in Michigan. The fact that this is unconstitutional and has been tossed out in other states already does not deter the two from their crusade. And I use the word “crusade” very deliberately; Todd Courser and Cindy Gamrat are very much on a religious crusade. With the release of their “Contract for Liberty” this week (read it HERE or HERE), the two of them have made it very clear that their vision for Michigan’s government is one ruled by their own personal flavor of Christianity.…

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