News From Rep. Zemke

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) spoke today on the release of the Michigan Education Finance Study, which revealed significant funding gaps for public schools in the state. The study comes the day after Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law the School Aid Budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

“House Democrats have been fighting to make sure that every student across the state is able to receive a quality education,” said Rep. Zemke....

Monday, June 13, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) voiced his support for the passage of House Bill 4388, a bill that expands the potential usage of school sinking fund dollars to include security improvements and technological upgrades. The legislation passed the House on Wednesday afternoon, and closely mirrors a bill Rep. Zemke introduced his first term in office.

“Our goal as legislators is always to provide our students with a quality education, but in the...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING — House Democrats were disappointed tonight with the final form of the education budget for Fiscal Year 2016-2017, which passed the House 74 to 34 during another long session. Central among the many issues facing the budget is the unbalanced funding of charter schools and the potentially unconstitutional funding for private schools.

“We had an opportunity to truly invest in public education and our children, instead our precious school dollars are diverted in several...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) congratulated both the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University  today on the approval of their capital outlay projects, which will help renovate two pillars of the Washtenaw County campuses — the U-M Dental School, and EMU’s Strong Hall.

“I am pleased that the legislature saw the value in approving these projects” said Rep. Zemke, who serves as the ranking Democrat on the Capital Outlay sub-committee. “Improving...

Thursday, May 5, 2016

House Democrats expressed their anger and disappointment today after the passage of bills failed to help children in Detroit Public Schools. The legislation fails to make reforms that will help kids succeed, instead focusing on state-controlled micromanagement, prioritizing charter schools and punishing the teachers union.

“We all agree that the state needs to take responsibility and fix the issues in DPS,” said state Representative Brian Banks (D-Detroit), chairman of the Detroit Caucus. “That’s why I’m...