News From Rep. Zemke

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...

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...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

LANSING — House Democrats railed against the School Omnibus budget that passed the House today over strong concerns that the priorities of House Republicans do little to help most students in Michigan. Through subcommittees, committees and even on the House floor before it was voted on, House Democrats pushed for several amendments aimed at the needs of students and school districts across the state, but were met with resistance on all points. They hope to...

Thursday, April 14, 2016

House Democrats voiced strong concerns with the School Omnibus budget passed today in the House Appropriations Committee due to the Republican approach of picking “winners and losers” instead of helping level the playing field for all students. For years, Democrats have been calling for increased funding to support Michigan students and Republicans are starting to listen. Democrats applauded the funding increases for K-12 schools and community colleges, but remain concerned that for-profit charter schools get the...

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

“Young people across the state — both kids who are still in school and those who have just graduated and are deciding where to begin their adult lives — are looking at us to see what direction this state is taking. This action signals that certain people are not welcome here, which is the exact opposite message we need to send. Young professionals and innovative businesses looking to expand and create jobs want to locate...

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