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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

LANSING – State Representatives Sam Singh (D-East Lansing), Adam F. Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) and Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), along with all members of the Democratic Caucus and an independent, introduced legislation today that would amend the state’s Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Introduction of this bill comes as public support for including such protections continues to grow.

“Amending the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

LANSING – State Representatives Sam Singh (D-East Lansing), Theresa Abed (D-Grand Ledge), Andy Schor (D-Lansing) and Tom Cochran (D-Mason) introduced legislation today to raise minimum per-pupil funding from $50 to the original Executive Recommendation of $83. They were joined by Lansing School Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul and Okemos School Superintendent Dr. Catherine Ash.

“Many people see the $50 bump as an increase, but this number is misleading,” Singh said. “With the higher costs many schools...

Monday, August 11, 2014

LANSING – House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) and state Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods) said today that they are grateful the Michigan Department of Education is cracking down on authorizers of underperforming charter schools, but expressed dismay that charter schools have been allowed to operate with a minimum amount of accountability and oversight.

“We’ve been concerned for quite a while about the performance, accountability and transparency of charter schools,” Greimel said. “The decision of...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LANSING – Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods) and Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) are condemning the Education Achievement Authority for once again letting down Detroit’s children – this time by squeezing 100 kindergartners into a classroom at the Brenda Scott Academy of Theater Arts. It’s the latest example of how the EAA fails at-risk kids in high-poverty schools in Detroit, and gives more evidence as to why the EAA must be shut down rather than expanded,...

Monday, July 21, 2014

LANSING – House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) and state Representative Andrew J. Kandrevas (D-Southgate) are calling for action after a report from the Michigan attorney general showed that unmanned guard towers may have contributed to the escape of a prisoner from the Ionia Correctional Facility earlier this year. Cuts to the Michigan Department of Corrections’ (MDOC) budget forced the prison to reduce staffing.

“Republicans in Lansing have shown for years that they put corporate profits...