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Thursday, December 3, 2015

LANSING – Members of the House Democratic Detroit Caucus today expressed grave concern for the future of Detroit Schoolchildren trapped in the failing Education Achievement Authority (EAA) system. The district has not met the criteria set forth during Eastern Michigan’s University’s Dec. 5, 2014, Board of Regents meeting calling for transparency and partnership and has done irreparable harm to the remaining 4,500 students in EAA-run schools. EMU has an interlocal agreement with the school district...

Monday, October 19, 2015

LANSING — Members of the Detroit Caucus spoke out against a MIRS article that ran early Friday morning and contained false information regarding caucus attitudes toward education and Detroit Public Schools (DPS). The article attributed a quote from a different representative as having been given on behalf of the Detroit Caucus, which was not the case.

“The caucus’s priority is, without question, to work together for our kids,” said state Representative Brian Banks (D-Detroit), chairman of...

Monday, October 19, 2015

LANSING – Members of the House Detroit Democratic Caucus responded today to Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to fix the Detroit Public Schools, announced at a press conference this morning, by saying they are ready to work together on a solution but that it must include local control of Detroit’s schools.

“The Detroit Caucus and I are committed to finding a solution to improve our Detroit Public Schools so that we can find solutions to improve...

Friday, October 16, 2015

LANSING — A bill meant to deal with the issue of third-grade reading was on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives yesterday, with legislators from the Detroit Caucus voting no due to a retention component of the legislation. Among the provisions of House Bill 4822, one of the most controversial was the mandate that would effectively hold back third-grade students who tested poorly in reading. 

“Teaching kids to read is the most fundamental component...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

LANSING –State Representatives Brian Banks (D-Detroit), Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit), LaTanya Garrett (D-Detroit) and Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) are declining to vote to expel state Representatives Todd Courser (R-Lapeer) and Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell). Other Detroit Caucus members who are not now voting are Reps. Wendell Byrd (D-Detroit) and Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (D-Detroit)

“A vote to expel a legislator is the most serious vote any of us will take, and we should take that vote knowing that a process...