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    Kids First, Teachers Last?

     

    On February 16, 2016, Michigan Representative Daniela Garcia (R- Holland) introduced House Bill 5387, one of three bills in a reform package for Detroit Public Schools (DPS). HB 5387 amends the Public Employment Relations Act (PERA), which prohibits strikes by certain public employees. PERA also establishes the rights and privileges of public employees and guidelines for collective bargaining between public employees and employers. Representative Garcia said that it was their “intent to put k

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    Legislative Plans for Detroit Public Schools

     

    In the 2016 State of the State Address, Governor Rick Snyder brought attention to the need for quick action to reform the entire structure of the Detroit Public Schools (DPS). In particular, he highlighted the need to address the mounting financial situation and to ensure that current students can achieve a much better education. Governor Snyder recognized and thanked Senator Goeff Hansen (R-Hart) for introducing legislation just days earlier, and urged the rest of the legislators to get on b

    Governor Snyder’s Detroit Public School Debt Plan

     

    Before delving into Gov. Snyder’s debt plan for the Detroit Public Schools (DPS), let’s look at the current state of DPS. As of this year, Detroit is the nation’s lowest-performing urban school area. Only 6% of high school students are considered proficient in math, 4% proficient in science and two-thirds are not proficient in reading. Furthermore, enrollment has dropped nearly 100,000 in the past decade. Financially, DPS has accrued more than $483 million in accumulated debt that is growin

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    Interview with Beth DeShone, Advocacy Director at the Great Lakes Education Project

     

    Tell me a little bit about your background.

    So for about fifteen years, I worked on state campaigns, both legislative campaigns and then worked on a number of statewide campaigns for a governor and a president here in Michigan. So I did that for about fifteen years, and then, once my husband and I were ready to start a family, I was looking to transition, so I went to work in the state senate for roughly two years, and then in 2011, and since then, I’ve been with the Great Lakes Educatio

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