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UPDATE: Education Achievement Authority seeks to expand itself by authorizing new charter schools

This post has been updated below.

Last month, Governor Snyder announced that he was forming a 31-person coalition to present alternatives for education reform in Detroit. The coalition, called the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren, is a made up of representatives from public schools, the school reform community (many who are actively working to undermine traditional public schools), education activists, elected officials, teachers unions, and corporations. You can read the full list HERE.

However, before this group has even had its first meeting, the Education Achievement Authority has put out a Request for Proposal for new “turnaround school” and charter school operators to open new schools in the fall.…

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Detroit’s “Tent City” is Tinsel Town to its “Mayor”, Charles “CJ ” Johnson

It’s mid-morning on Monday, December 29, 2014. The air is crisp and clear and the light is shining through a slight morning frost/haze as the sun will surely burn it off and present the day. I’m in Downtown Detroit, just off I-75 on East Larned a block behind Jefferson. It’s 26 degrees and the almost empty field in front of me is called Lafayette Park. On a warmer day and, perhaps, at a later hour, the park would have a few people enjoying the setting, maybe eating a box lunch or just enjoying the surroundings. But today that scene is more spartan with not a person in sight save a small enclave of pop-up tents off to the side of a line of barren trees that are serving as the home to a sprouting community of homeless people.…

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While Detroit contended with largest municipal bankruptcy, its lawyers were robbing it blind

The price tag for the attorneys and associated staff that are handling Detroit's bankruptcy is expected to hit at least $200 million. However, some terrific reporting by WXYZ in Detroit is turning up some scandalous things. The law firms who are running the show are ringing up incredibly large tabs for things like receiving emails, reviewing press coverage, and one is even paid to take a chauffeured car in from another state. ...
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Detroiters shunned by Terri Lynn Land ask again to meet with her while Land’s crass “I’m a mom” strategy is revealed

Residents living in the Detroit zip code 48217 area sent a letter to U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land, asking her to spend some time in their community so that she could experience first-hand the effects corporate polluters – who support Land’s campaign – and their pollution are having on their health.

Land refused to even accept the letter, much less agree to meet with the people who would be her constituents if she were to be elected.

Today, those same residents of Michigan’s most highly polluted community took the conversation to Land’s hometown of Byron Center in an attempt to get her to listen to them.…

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Don’t miss the Detroit Lady Parts Justice V to Shining V party on Saturday, Sept. 27!

Come celebrate women, have some fun and take action to vote out anti-women candidates in November.

It’s going to be a heck of a bash — and Michigan is going to make some noise about elected officials who are bad news for women on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 2-5 p.m. at the The Park Bar in Detroit. The goal is to educate and empower voters to take action to elect pro-women candidates on November 4 and say “no thanks” to candidates who want to squash women’s rights. And have big fun in the process. I mean, there will even be Eunice the Uterus cookies!…

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The clock is running out on Michigan’s anti-democratic Emergency Managers

On December 12, 2012, just a few weeks after the General Election, Michigan legislators passed the bill that would become Public Act 436, the latest iteration of Michigan’s anti-democratic Emergency Manager Law. Voters had overturned the previous version of the law in November and Republicans wasted no time in resurrecting it, overturning the will of a majority of voters and interfering with the democratic process.

When Gov. Snyder was asked recently to defend this outrageous act, he answered this way:

Actually, what we did was look at some of the key issues and concerns that were clear about the public vote.…
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Save the date: Join Lady Parts Justice for fun activist events nationwide on Sept. 27

Michigan is one of the states throwing a public party — or you can get an LPJ party kit and host your own bash.


Are you sick of watching politicians trample all over women’s reproductive rights and the choices they make about their bodies? Do you want to elect officials who actually think women should be treated equally and with respect? Then plan to join a Lady Parts Justice V to Shining V event near you on September 27.

Created by top comedians, writers and performers including co-founder Lizz Winstead, Lady Parts Justice is “a national movement using humor & outrage to remove bodily autonomy-hating LOCAL politicians in 2014 & beyond.”

If you’re a regular Eclectablog reader, you know why there’s a need for women and men to stand united against the barrage of anti-women policies popping up all over the country.…

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Rick Snyder has faced similar devastation to the historic flood in Detroit: he once had a hole in the roof of his mansion

It’s truly remarkable to see someone behave as tone deaf as Gov. Snyder did today in his flailing attempt to commiserate with metro Detroiters who are dealing with the intense impact of an historic flood event that has closed many highways, killed a 100-year old woman and an epileptic woman (among others), and has people trying put their lives together after their homes filled with water.

But he managed to do it.

Today he actually compared the epic flood damage to damage he once experienced at his $1.1 million “lake home” mansion and the loss of some trees. He did it on WJR radio’s Frank Beckmann Show.…

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PHOTOBLOG: A recap of the Netroots Nation conference in Detroit

Last week, over 3,000 people from around the country and around the world came to Detroit to participate in Netroots Nation, the largest conference for progressive organizers in the world. Team Eclectablog was there to help, of course, but none so much as Anne Savage who was a staff photographer for the event. Anne took all of the photos for this piece (except for the one of her).

I was privileged to be the opening speaker for the conference, welcoming everyone to Michigan and to Detroit. I was, of course, contractually obligated to make reference to everyone’s built-in map of our state.…

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Join Mark Schauer for a Happy Hour Fundraiser at Netroots Nation – July 18, 2014

On Friday, July 18th, Michigan’s next governor Mark Schauer is holding a Happy Hour Fundraiser during Netroots Nation in Detroit. It takes place at the Anchor Bar at 450 West Fort Street and begins at 6 p.m. Buy a ticket and get a free drink (while supplies last ; )

This is a terrific chance to meet Mark in person. When you do, I feel certain that you’ll come away understanding like I do that he is the real deal: a genuine Democrat with a heart of gold and a strong determination to win this election so that we can take the control of our state government back from the corporatists and tea partiers who are running it into the ground now.…

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