Tuesday, January 19, 2016

LANSING — Despite Gov. Rick Snyder’s assurances to the contrary in tonight’s State of the State address, Detroit families continue to struggle under five years of leadership from Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature, said Detroit Caucus Chairman Brian Banks (D-Detroit) and caucus members Representatives Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit), Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) and Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (D-Detroit). Rather than doubling down on Gov. Snyder’s failed agenda, Detroit legislators said it’s time to create a Michigan...

Thursday, December 10, 2015

LANSING — State Representatives Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) and Assistant Democratic Leader Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) sent a letter to Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Darnell Earley today asking him to retain bilingual clerical staff in six Southwest Detroit schools: Western International High School, Maybury Elementary, Bennett Elementary, Roberto Clemente Academy, Clippert Academy and Earhart Middle School. Earley has indicated that he plans to cut these staff members.

“All of these schools serve a large population...

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 26, 2015

LANSING – State Representative Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit) spoke out today against the roads plan that House Republicans narrowly passed during a late-night session last week. Despite months of opportunity for compromise and negotiation, the package pushed through has many of the same problems as the road funding package the House Democrats, as well as the Senate, rejected in June. The major difference came from the addition of a tax break for Michigan’s millionaires and...

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...

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