Detroit Public Schools

Democracy Watch: Lawsuit Underscores Racial, Political Concerns Raised by State Plan for DPS

Democracy Watch: Lawsuit Underscores Racial, Political Concerns Raised by State Plan for DPS

2016-07-15 00:00:00

Although it has received scant media attention, a lawsuit filed in late June by members of Detroit’s school board, activists and parents could undo the controversial education system Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature have created for the city.

Democracy Watch: The 'New' Detroit Public Schools is Separate, Unequal

Democracy Watch: The 'New' Detroit Public Schools is Separate, Unequal

2016-06-17 00:00:00

If, as expected, the Detroit Public Schools legislation recently passed by the Michigan House and Senate is signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder, the hijacking of democracy that has been underway since the district was taken over by the state in 2009 will continue with no foreseeable end in sight.

Some might claim that can't be true, pointing to the fact that the new law allows Detroiters to vote for a new school board.

Hopeful But Wary Detroit School Board Demands Forensic Audit in Wake of State Control

Hopeful But Wary Detroit School Board Demands Forensic Audit in Wake of State Control

2016-05-26 00:00:00

Hopeful but wary.

That was the position expressed by the Detroit Public Schools Board of Education at a special meeting held earlier this week to discuss the possibility of conducting a forensic audit of the district’s finances.

Board members have long called for such an audit—but with no budget and virtually no power, they’ve been unable to launch an in-depth probe to root out corruption.

Lansing Watchdog: Focus Shifts to Budgets, Bills in Capitol

Lansing Watchdog: Focus Shifts to Budgets, Bills in Capitol

2016-04-21 00:00:00

ACLU at the Michigan Capitol – April 21, 2016

In these weeks before the legislature breaks for summer campaign season, they will be focused on two goals: finalizing fiscal years 2017/2018 budget (a two year rolling budget) and getting publicity for a number of bills that they deem good for their political campaign in advance of the August primary.

ACLU Michigan Executive Director: Snyder Should Waive FOIA Exemption for 'Real Accountability' in Flint Water Crisis

ACLU Michigan Executive Director: Snyder Should Waive FOIA Exemption for 'Real Accountability' in Flint Water Crisis

2016-01-22 00:00:00

UPDATE: DPS Emergency Manager Darnell Earley has announced that he will step down on Feb. 29.

DETROIT—Reacting to news reports that the Environmental Protection Agency has issued an emergency order for Flint under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and that the EPA’s Region 5 director has resigned in the wake of the Flint water crisis, ACLU of Michigan Executive Director Kary Moss issued the following statement this morning:

Using FOIA Law in Detroit Education Reform

Using FOIA Law in Detroit Education Reform

2016-01-10 00:00:00

Information is the currency of democracy. 

First spoken by President Thomas Jefferson in the 19th Century, those words will forever resonate with me because of their importance to preserving justice for those whose freedoms are frequently imperiled. Most often, those people are poor or are people of color. Or they are individuals with disabilities and others who regularly face institutionalized barriers.

Appeals Court Rules for ACLU of Michigan in FOIA Case Against Detroit Public Schools

Appeals Court Rules for ACLU of Michigan in FOIA Case Against Detroit Public Schools

2016-01-07 00:00:00

In a key victory for government transparency, a state appeals court this week ruled that Detroit Public Schools must disclose the number of student discipline cases that have been referred to the Detroit police or the district’s internal police department.

The decision in Rodd Monts vs. Detroit Public Schools reverses an earlier district court ruling that upheld the district's claim that it did not have the information, a request for which was filed the ACLU of Michigan under the state Freedom of Information Act. A copy of the ruling can be read below:

Democracy Watch: Politics Compel EMU Board To Keep EAA Alive

Democracy Watch: Politics Compel EMU Board To Keep EAA Alive

2015-12-10 00:00:00

In a move characterized by critics as both overtly political and terribly damaging, the Board of Regents for Eastern Michigan University on Tuesday decided to keep the controversial Education Achievement Authority breathing when the board ducked a vote that could have pulled the plug on this abject failure.

The test subjects of this misguided educational experiment have been the children attending the 15 low-performing Detroit schools that Gov. Rick Snyder placed in the EAA when he created it four years ago.

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UPDATE: DPS Emergency Manager Darnell Earley has announced that he will step down on Feb. 29. DETROIT—Reacting to news reports that the Environmental...
In a key victory for government transparency, a state appeals court this week ruled that Detroit Public Schools must disclose the number of student discipline...
In a move characterized by critics as both overtly political and terribly damaging, the Board of Regents for Eastern Michigan University on Tuesday decided to...
DETROIT – Citing potential constitutional violations, the ACLU of Michigan is urging Detroit Public Schools officials to rescind the mass school suspensions...
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