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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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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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Michigan once again tops a list that embarrasses us all, but this commonplace happenstance seems to have numbed us

A recent report shows that Michigan higher education is a failure; a failure to the point that our state gets a letter grade of “F”. We are not alone, of course, but that doesn’t matter in the least. As a state, we have continued to fail the young people who have been told since they could comprehend anything related to education that a proper and successful life MANDATES a college education, and although that conversation has begun to change to a degree, we all know that many consider you a complete failure if you do not receive a college degree.

I have been a broadcaster and advocate for public education for the last 22 years in a profound way, both publicly and privately.…

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Republican Senator Colbeck promotes backdoor vouchers for public education

Republican Senator Colbeck promotes backdoor vouchers for public education

In 2000, Michigan voters overwhelmingly defeated a ballot proposal that would have introduced vouchers for public school education by a 69-31 margin. Voters rejected vouchers back in 1978, as well. And it’s no surprise. The voucher system virtually guarantees that struggling schools are closed instead of improved and would give charter schools, the vast majority of which are for-profit in Michigan, an unfair advantage. This hasn’t stopped corporatist “education reformers” from trotting the idea out again and again. The now infamous “Skunk Works” project headed up by conservative corporatist Richard McLellan and staffed by people Gov. Snyder’s administration was secretly working behind the scenes in 2013 to promote an illegal voucher program.…

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"I didn't know teaching was a crime" - Teacher suspended for using art to encourage discussion over race and policing

“I didn’t know teaching was a crime” – Teacher suspended for using art to encourage discussion over race and policing

For a recent final exam, Nevada high school teacher Elizabeth Clausen showed her students this provocative painting by artist Michael D’Antuono and asked them to use critical thinking skills to form an opinion about how the art represents American society and our country’s history. A handful of parents were outraged and now Clausen is on temporary leave and may lose her job. Some of her students are quite upset about it:

“The way that everyone is looking at this situation, they don’t know the context of what’s going on and they don’t know that we’re just forming our own opinion, we’re not being told what to think,” said Cameron George, one of Ms.…
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Corporate tax avoidance has cost Michigan schools nearly $700 million in the past four years

Corporate tax avoidance has cost Michigan schools nearly $700 million in the past four years

It’s well known that American corporations use off-shore tax havens to shield their profits from taxation. However, a recent report by U.S. Public Interest Group (USPIRG) gives us new details on just how widespread the tactic is and, more importantly, the impact it is having on the funding of education across the country. According to their analysis, this practice reduces tax revenues in the USA by roughly $90 BILLION every year. In Michigan, the impact on education funding is a loss of over $687 million over the past four years.

Americans for Tax Fairness spelled it out in a recent statement:

According to numbers compiled by the National Education Association, over the last four years, Michigan has lost over $687 million in state dollars for education due to corporations not paying their fair share in taxes.…
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Washtenaw County Education Assn continues pledge not to take EMU student teachers until relationship with EAA is ended

Washtenaw County Education Assn continues pledge not to take EMU student teachers until relationship with EAA is ended

By April of 2014, at least eight Washtenaw County-area schools had pledged not to accept student teachers from Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education program until EMU ended its interlocal agreement with Gov. Rick Snyder’s failed experiment on Detroit school kids – the Education Achievement Authority – and disengaged from the EAA entirely.

Yesterday, the Washtenaw County Education Association renewed their pledge. Below is their position statement which reiterates that they look forward to the day when EMU students can once again teach the children in their classrooms but that their relationship with the EAA is so counter to good education practices that they cannot in good faith do so until the relationship is ended.…

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The sad, predictable, outrageous, and infuriating history of the Education Achievement Authority in 127 headlines

I have been writing about the Education Achievement Authority since August of 2011 when I first reported on then-Chancellor John Covington’s history at Kansas City schools. The EAA – Gov. Rick Snyder’s failed experiment with Detroit school children – has been a colossal failure rife with scandal, grift, corruption, and utterly terrible “leadership”.

The other day as I was looking for a specific post I had written about the EAA, I realized that I had written over 100 pieces about it. And going through the titles alone was enough to put me back in my seat. I was blown away by the accumulated evidence of epic failure, something that, once you see it in one place, makes you really wonder how it still exists.…

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BOMBSHELL! Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority in serious trouble, moves to turn at least some schools over to charters (updated)

By all appearances, the wheels appear to have all but completely come off the catastrophe that is Michigan’s Education Achievement Authority, Gov. Rick Snyder’s failed experiment on Detroit school children. Following the departure-under-scandal of former EAA Chancellor John Covington, the new Chancellor Veronica Conforme set out to poach students from neighboring districts using deceptive letters sent to the community. She was later forced to apologize.

Then the district was found to be cheating teachers out of incentive pay for which they had received millions of dollars in federal funding.

Last month it was revealed that …

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Teacher for hire! Best offer!! Get the app!!!

The teaching profession is steadily being transformed into a “gig job” on the model of Uber, Lyft and AirBnB wherein customers are paired with independent providers via Smart Phone apps. The model grew out of human desperation during the bleakest days of the Great Recession. As teacher shortages roll out across the nation we can count on Republican legislatures to follow the “shock doctrine” and use the disturbing teacher shortage situation to implement their ideological agendas. In this case it’s the ongoing destruction of classic American public schools and placing K-12 education in the largely untested hands of those for whom schools are just another institution to be run on a business model, especially the for-profit model.…

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Denied by Brighton schools, group shops its tea party charter school to Whitmore Lake schools

Denied by Brighton schools, group shops its tea party charter school to Whitmore Lake schools

You have to give the group headed up by rabid tea partier Pasquale Battaglia credit; they are persistent. After having their request to charter their tea party charter school denied by Brighton Public Schools, they have turned their attention now to Whitmore Lake Public Schools.

The WLPS voted on October 26th to put out a call soliciting a cyber charter school for their district. This attracted attention of Battaglia’s Livingston Classical Academy – part of his American Classical Academy group, formerly known as American Christian Academy – who plan to pursue a charter from WLPS:

During a Whitmore Lake Public Schools Board of Education meeting Monday night, the board unanimously passed a resolution to publish a public notice for anyone interested in starting a cyber charter school.…
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