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Democracy Watch: Federal Lawmakers Push to Re-Open Flint Water Probe Amid Accusations of State Stonewalling

Democracy Watch: Federal Lawmakers Push to Re-Open Flint Water Probe Amid Accusations of State Stonewalling

2017-01-23 00:00:00

On the same day that Gov. Rick Snyder gave short shrift in his State of the State speech to the ongoing Flint crisis his administration created, U.S. Reps. Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., continued applying pressure in an attempt to hold accountable those responsible for the poisoning of a city’s water supply.

Democracy Watch: Water Testing 'Cheats' Exposed in Flint, Other Cities

Democracy Watch: Water Testing 'Cheats' Exposed in Flint, Other Cities

2016-06-06 00:00:00

Britain 's Guardian newspaper deserves kudos for two recent articles dealing with the issue of testing for lead in municipal water supplies. Although one is national in scope, both stories have direct links to Flint, and both build on reporting done last year by the ACLU of Michigan.

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.

Lead Astray: ACLU of Michigan Investigation Has Found Irregularities in Flint’s Water Tests

Lead Astray: ACLU of Michigan Investigation Has Found Irregularities in Flint’s Water Tests

2015-09-15 00:00:00

As its analysis of water samples from more than 275 homes is wrapping up, researchers at Virginia Tech have come to a distressing conclusion:

Because of dangerously high lead levels, the city’s water is not safe to drink or use for cooking unless it is run through a filter designed to capture the toxic heavy metal.

Four Questions Gov. Snyder Must Answer During Congressional Testimony

Four Questions Gov. Snyder Must Answer During Congressional Testimony

2016-03-14 00:00:00

What we have come to learn about the Flint water crisis over the past several months—including the fact that a city of 100,000 people was left exposed to alarming levels of lead in its drinking water for nearly two years—has left our state reeling and our nation angry in disbelief.

But even more so, we—here at the ACLU of Michigan's Democracy Watch blog—aren’t just outraged by what we’ve uncovered through our investigations. We’re outraged by what we don’t yet know.

ACLU of Michigan Reporter Curt Guyette Named Michigan Journalist of the Year

ACLU of Michigan Reporter Curt Guyette Named Michigan Journalist of the Year

2016-01-29 00:00:00

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—ACLU of Michigan investigative reporter Curt Guyette has been named Michigan Journalist of the Year by the Michigan Press Association for his groundbreaking coverage of toxic contamination of the Flint water supply, a public-health disaster that exposed the city of 100,000 people to lead poisoning for almost two years even as government officials insisted the water was safe.

Dangerous Water and Lost Trust in Flint: Why the Feds Need to Step In

Dangerous Water and Lost Trust in Flint: Why the Feds Need to Step In

2015-10-06 00:00:00

In the past few weeks, the problem of lead in Flint’s drinking water has quickly gone from being a story largely ignored by the mainstream media to a scandal that’s making headlines nationally.

Faced with overwhelming evidence, state and local officials who adamantly insisted for months that there was no problem have been forced to admit that their unequivocal assurances were completely false.

Guyette: How the EAA's Buzz Program Exploited Detroit's Most Vulnerable Kids

Guyette: How the EAA's Buzz Program Exploited Detroit's Most Vulnerable Kids

2015-09-24 00:00:00

In June of 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder stepped behind a microphone at Detroit's Renaissance High School to announce the start of a revolutionary new approach to education in Michigan.

The problem of poor academic performance would be addressed in dramatic fashion.

"We do have too many failing schools in our state," he said. "If you look at us statewide, only 16 percent of our kids are college-ready. That's absolutely unacceptable.

"We need to focus on a new way of doing things."

The target would be Michigan's lowest-performing schools. The bottom 5 percent.

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What we have come to learn about the Flint water crisis over the past several months—including the fact that a city of 100,000 people was left exposed to...
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—ACLU of Michigan investigative reporter Curt Guyette has been named Michigan Journalist of the Year by the Michigan Press Association for...
In the past few weeks, the problem of lead in Flint’s drinking water has quickly gone from being a story largely ignored by the mainstream media to a scandal...
March 04, 2015 Democracy Watch
After six years of state control, this much is beyond debate: Emergency management has neither fixed the finances of Detroit Public Schools nor provided even...
February 25, 2015 Democracy Watch
The idea of charging some customers less than others for water might seem counter-intuitive at first, but once economist Roger Colton explains why it makes...
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