“Hillbilly Elegy,” the best-selling memoir of how one man succeeded despite a dysfunctional family and problem-plagued schools, should be required reading for Michigan’s education officials. It might be enough to convince members of the Michigan School Reform Office (SRO) that closing schools is not the answer to low academic achievement. Author J.D.
Members of Michigan’s congressional delegation raised concerns today that the Army Corps of Engineers may be considering an unorthodox alternative in a cost-benefit study that, if true, could potentially hurt the case being made for a new super-size navigational shipping lock at a key chokepoint on the Great Lakes.
U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence moderates a town hall meeting, Know Your Right, held at the Samaritan Center, to address the concerns of the 14th district constituents and their immigration rights. Lawrence said although agency officials told her they did not intend to seek the undocumented at churches, schools, or hospitals, “when it comes to other areas there has been some expansion. (Photo)
A rowdy and raucous crowd greeted U.S. Rep. Justin Amash in Battle Creek on Thursday, part of a wave of liberal activism that has descended on town hall meetings across the country in recent weeks. “The level of partisanship is the highest I’ve ever seen. I think it’s great that people are involved and concerned,” Amash, a Cascade Township Republican, told the crowd of about 250 people.
James Brown, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Isaac Hayes and Patti LaBelle are among the figures tapped as 2017 inductees into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. They're among 13 names announced this week — including Detroit-related figures such as Mary Wells, the Marvelettes, Mitch Ryder and Carl Carlton — as the organization prepares for its June 11 ceremony at Music Hall.
Parents fearful of showing up at court or police stations. Anxious calls to advocacy groups seeking legal rights. Group texts warning others about the possible appearance of customs and border protection agents.
Task forces made up of lawmakers are urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete a new study on the Soo Locks. Members of the Senate and House Great Lakes Task Forces sent a letter stressing the importance of completing the study in "an accurate and timely manner".
In a letter to Governor Rick Snyder, Michigan's Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives asked that he stop the Michigan School Reform Office from closing 38 schools. U.S. Reps. John Conyers, Debbie Dingell, Dan Kildee, Brenda Lawrence, and Sander Levin requested that the governor not close any schools without input and support from local communities.
Last year in the United States, 15,060 people lost their lives to gun violence, according to the nonpartisan research group Gun Violence Archive. Among these victims were the 49 people killed by a gunman at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. on June 12 — the deadliest mass shooting in American history. Angel Colon, 26, was at the gay club that night, and was shot six times.
Michigan U.S. House Democrats are calling on Republican Gov. Rick Snyder to halt plans to potentially close some of the state’s 38 worst-performing schools by this summer, arguing for additional community dialogue before any closures.