This Week & Next (July 29, 2016)

Michigan Primary Election on Tuesday, August 2
All 110 seats in the Michigan House of Representatives are up for election this year, and we want to make sure you get out and vote in the Tuesday’s Primary Election, where historic voter turnout is usually as low as 20% of all registered voters. Since the vast majority of House elections are determined by results of the primary, this vote really matters.  Before you go to the polls, please review the following 44 incumbents and candidates endorsed by GLEP, as we believe these individuals will stand up for students and families in the legislature.

  • District #19:     Rep. Laura Cox (Livonia)
  • District #21:     Derek Moss (Canton)
  • District #23:     Bob Howey (Trenton)
  • District #24:     Steve Marino (Harrison Township)
  • District #26:     Randy LeVasseur (Royal Oak)
  • District #30:     Diana Farrington (Utica)
  • District #32:     Pamela Hornberger (Chesterfield Township)
  • District #33:     Colleen Carl (Armada Township)
  • District #38:     Rep. Kathy Crawford (Lyon Township)
  • District #39:     Rep. Klint Kesto (Commerce Township)
  • District #42:     Rep. Lana Theis (Brighton)
  • District #44:     Rep. Jim Runestad (Milford Township)
  • District #45:     Rep. Michael Webber (Rochester)
  • District #46:     Joe Kent (Addison Township)
  • District #47:     Rep. Hank Vaupel (Howell)
  • District #51:     Rep. Joe Graves (Argentine Township)
  • District #56:     Rep. Jason Sheppard (Temperance)
  • District #57:     Bronna Kahle (Adrian Township)
  • District #58:     Rep. Eric Leutheuser (Hillsdale)
  • District #59:     Rep. Aaron Miller (Sturgis)
  • District #61:     Rep. Brandt Iden (Oshtemo)
  • District #63:     Rep. David Maturen (Brady Township)
  • District #66:     Beth Griffin (Mattawan)
  • District #70:     James Lower (Cedar Lake)
  • District #71:     Rep. Tom Barrett (Charlotte)
  • District #72:     Ryan Gallogly (Kentwood)
  • District #73:     Rep. Chris Afendoulis (Grand Rapids Township)
  • District #74:     Rep. Rob VerHeulen (Walker)
  • District #76:     Casey O’Neill (Grand Rapids)
  • District #80:     Rep. Mary Whiteford (Casco Township)
  • District #81:     Rep. Dan Lauwers (Brockway Township)
  • District #87:     Julie Calley (Portland)
  • District #89:     Jim Lilly (Park Township)
  • District #90:     Rep. Daniela Garcia (Holland)
  • District #91:     Rep. Holly Hughes (White River Township)
  • District #93:     Rep. Tom Leonard (DeWitt Township)
  • District #94:     Rep. Tim Kelly (Saginaw Township)
  • District #97:     Jason Wentworth (Evart)
  • District #98:     Rep. Gary Glenn (Midland)
  • District #99:     Roger Hauck (Union Township)
  • District #103:   Daire Rendon (Lake City)
  • District #105:   Rep. Triston Cole (Mancelona)
  • District #107:   Rep. Lee Chatfield (Levering)
  • District #108:   Beau LaFave (Iron Mountain)

School Choice Law Heads to Nevada Supreme Court
Today the Nevada Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the state’s new school choice program. The recently implemented Education Savings Account program in the state has drawn challenges from various groups, and the new program has had mixed results in lower court rulings, as Duncan v. Nevada was dismissed and Lopez v. Schwartz was upheld by lower courts. The Supreme Court will make their decision at a future date, and we’ll be sure to keep you informed. This landmark case could impact all 38 states that prohibit public funds from being used for private school education. In the meantime, check out Lyndsey Burke’s piece in The Daily Signal about how the Blaine Amendment could impact the Nevada cases.

72 candidates running for “new” DPS school board
As of the Tuesday deadline, 72 candidates filed to run in the November election to fill the 7 at-large seats on the “new” school board for the Detroit Public Schools Community District. We urge all Detroiters who care about the future of education in the city to read up on these candidates and make informed decisions about who should be leading the state’s largest school district. D
etroit’s future is at stake here, and we hope the cream rises to the top in this particular election. Click here to read about the qualities needed for new DPSCD board members.

Why are national education groups skipping Detroit?
With some of the nation’s most devastated schools, Detroit is in desperate need of new ideas, new energy — and lots of money. But when local advocates approach organizations that have invested millions of dollars — and countless hours of problem-solving — into jumpstarting schools in cities like Washington, Memphis, Indianapolis, and New Orleans, the answer often comes back the same: No. Not Detroit. Not now.  Click here to continue reading this in-depth story by Chalkbeat Detroit.

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