News From Rep. Zemke

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LANSING — State Representative Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) congratulated both the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University  today on the approval of their capital outlay projects, which will help renovate two pillars of the Washtenaw County campuses — the U-M Dental School, and EMU’s Strong Hall.

“I am pleased that the legislature saw the value in approving these projects” said Rep. Zemke, who serves as the ranking Democrat on the Capital Outlay sub-committee. “Improving...

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...

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