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A group of Ypsilanti high school students is raising funds to help young girls travel to the nation’s capital. The United Way Club at Washtenaw International High School, founded in 2017 by student Lisa Mathew, organizes educational and leadership opportunities for students in need. Last summer, the club raised $26,000 and sent 46 middle school girls from Detroit and Ypsilanti to Washington D.C. In 2019, the club’s goal is to raise $45,000 to send 90 girls to D.C. in two separate, five-day trips. Michigan-based members of Congress, including U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing; U.S Sen.
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is facing intense criticism from congressional Democrats and advocacy groups as she prepares to overhaul how schools handle sexual assault allegations. The forthcoming final rule — expected in the coming months — stands to be one of the most controversial moves of her tenure as education secretary. DeVos could face tough questions from congressional Democrats on the sexual assault policy and other issues next week as she heads to Capitol Hill to testify.
A glitch in the Republican tax law means many public colleges this year won’t have to pay a new tax on highly paid executives that will hit their nonprofit college peers. — Los Angeles teachers are moving closer toward a strike. The city’s superintendent told POLITICO he shares the goals of union members pushing to reduce class sizes and hire more librarians and nurses — but said he also has a fiscal responsibility to keep the district solvent.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), released the following statement after being nominated by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Steering Committee to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, responsible for setting funding levels for federal departments and agencies:
Washington, DC – Today, the leadership of the Democratic Women’s Working Group (DWWG), Representatives Jackie Speier (CA-14), Lois Frankel (FL-21), and Brenda Lawrence (MI-14), as well as Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) and 76 of their House colleagues sent a letter to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos condemning her recently proposed rule for Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX).
All who gathered at the annual Grosse Pointe Public School System community luncheon Oct. 1 had the opportunity to mingle with elected officials, school board members, law enforcement officers, educators and clergy from the five Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods. They also received information regarding several educational topics during the 90-minute event held at Defer Elementary School. After a welcome from Principal Lisa Rheaume, GPPSS Superintendent Gary Niehaus addressed those gathered about the district’s $111,040,000 bond referendum that will be on the ballot during the Nov.
The Congressional Black Caucus is pleased to introduce the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, an omnibus piece of legislation that addresses a wide range of issues, from comprehensive criminal justice reform to policies that promote economic empowerment. The Jobs and Justice Act proposes bold solutions to address generations of social and economic inequities and injustices. Find the summary here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to request information on the Department’s efforts to close the digital divide and ensure every student has access to affordable broadband internet in school and at home regardless of socio-economic status:
As co-chair of the Congressional Foster Youth Caucus, I am passionate about our foster youth — encouraging them, believing in them, and supporting their needs. In Congress, I have joined my colleagues in pushing for more resources and better programs to support one of our nation’s most vulnerable populations: our foster youth. They deserve our support, they deserve our sincere efforts, and most of all they deserve to be heard. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, a Detroit native, is a Democrat representing Michigan’s 14th District.
Conversation with the Congresswoman
Monday July 30, 2018
Lathrup Village Community Room
27400 Southfield Rd. Lathrup Village, MI 48076
Conversation with the Congresswoman
Monday, July 30, 2018
Delite Café & Deli