Wednesday, April 13, 2016

“While I was happy to see the showing and support at the Capitol press conference and rally yesterday, it is frustrating that in 2016 we still need to have an ‘Equal Pay Day’ conversation. The fact that a typical Michigan woman is earning 75 cents for every dollar a man makes is ridiculous, but the fact that women of color are disproportionally affected is absolutely heartbreaking. Despite all the rhetoric claiming that this disparity is...

Thursday, March 17, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit)  voiced support today for portions of the supplemental appropriation bill, House Bill 5296, which passed the House and is now heading to the Senate. The bill is meant to provide bridge funding to Detroit Public Schools (DPS), which will run out of money in April without immediate intervention. While the representative applauded the $48.7 million offered to the schools, he spoke out against the stipulation that the...

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...

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