Campaign-2016

GLEP Endorses 24 Incumbents in 2016 House Campaigns

Leading education advocacy group makes first round of campaign endorsements

Lansing, MI (Tuesday, June 21, 2016) – The Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) today announced endorsements in 24 re-election campaigns for the Michigan House of Representatives.

“We’re confident each of these incumbent legislators will continue to be forceful advocates and champions for children in the Michigan House of Representatives, and we’re pleased to endorse and support their re-election campaigns,” said Gary Naeyaert, GLEP Executive Director. Continue reading

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This Week & Next (June 17, 2016)

Governor Prepares to Sign DPS Rescue Bills
As Governor Snyder prepares to sign the $617 million package of bills recently passed by the legislature to rescue the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) from financial and academic ruin, the fallout continues from folks on both sides of the issue. A few days ago the Detroit News told us the DPS deal offers hope to the district, and they also had a pretty good story abouthow the final deal came together, while today the Executive Office released a video in conjunction with the guest editorial viewpoint from John Walsh, Strategy Director for the Governor, in which he says the compromise bills are certainly much better than a Continue reading

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This Week & Next (June 10, 2016)

Senate Passes DPS Reform Bills; Governor Pledges to Sign
On Wednesday evening the State Senate passed a $617 million package of bills to address the financial and academic crisis in Detroit Public Schools (DPS). The primary policy bill in the package is HB 5384 (Garcia), which passed on a 19-18 vote, and the “YES” votes came from the following Republican Senators: Booher, Brandenburg, Green, Hildenbrand, Horn, Hune, Jones, Knollenberg, Kowall, MacGregor, Marleau, Meekhof, Nofs, O’Brien, Proos, Robertson, Shirkey, Stamas and Zorn. Other bills in the package include HB 5383, 5387 and SB 711, 820 & 822. Here are the key features in the Senate-passed bills: Continue reading

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GLEP on passage of DPS reform bills in the State Senate

Lansing, MI — “Rather than face chaos and uncertainty in the fall, over 115,000 students in Detroit will have access to more opportunities for a brighter future thanks to the Michigan Senate, which voted tonight to preserve school choice and quality options in K-12 education,” said Gary Naeyaert, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP). Continue reading

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This Week & Next (June 3, 2016)

House Passes DPS Reform Bills
Last night the Michigan House of Representatives passed a $617 million package of bills to address the financial and academic crisis in Detroit Public Schools (DPS). The primary policy bill in the package is HB 5384, sponsored by Rep. Daniela Garcia (R-Holland), which passed on a 55-53 vote. Nearly all “YES” votes came from Republicans with nearly unanimous opposition from Democrats. Other bills in the package include HB 5383, 5386 and SB 711, 820 & 822. Here are the key features in the House-passed bills: Continue reading

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GLEP on Passage of DPS Bills in House

June 2, 2016 (Lansing) — “Every child in Detroit is closer to having more opportunities for their future thanks to the Michigan House of Representatives, who were successful tonight in preserving choices and options for them and their families, said Gary Naeyaert, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP).  “Despite efforts by some of the elites and big city bosses who believe they know what is best for children — it is a time-honored truth that parents and families are best at choosing educational opportunities that best meet the needs of their children,” Naeyaert continued. Continue reading

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Coalition Blasts Mayor Duggan’s Education Power Grab

The Coalition Opposed to the Detroit Education Commission

June 1, 2016

Dear Members of the State Senate and the House of Representatives:

We write today to share our concern over the chronic educational problems in Detroit’s public schools and the plans before you to help improve them.  Improving the quality of all schools in Detroit is a goal we all share.  Every Detroit student must have access to a quality, open-enrollment public school for the city of Detroit and our state to achieve its greatest potential.  In order to realize world class education in Michigan, particularly Detroit, the solution must be guided by these actionable principles: Continue reading

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This Week & Next (May 27, 2016)

What’s up with DPS THIS week?
DPS bailout/reform remained the #1 issue in the legislature and the news media this week, that’s for sure. there continues to be intense negotiations amongst key stakeholders behind the scenes on the pending DPS bailout legislation. Here are a few highlights from the past week:

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DPS “Cherry Picks” students in 20 schools

It’s a little known fact that 20 DPS schools require students wishing to enroll must score high enough on entrance exams, have a minimum GPA from their current school, include letters of recommendation or actually interview for the chance to attend. Each of the following schools are “selective” enrollment schools rather than “open” enrollment schools which accept all students who wish to enroll. Here are the DPS selective enrollment schools: Continue reading