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Posted on May 5, 2016 at 1:30 PM

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Duggan Lobbying Hard On DPS

"Arriving in a car he drove himself, Detroit Mayor Mike DUGGAN jumped head first into the flap over the Detroit Public Schools reform package as he spent the afternoon and part of the evening lobbying for changes to the House Republican package.

He met with Rep. Hank VAUPEL (R-Fowlerville), among others. Prior to his first one-on-one sit down with the Mayor, Vaupel embraced the concept of a Detroit Education Commission, which the Mayor favors but was left out of the House GOP plan.

"It has some merit," he told MIRS as he is looking for "more accountability" in the proposal.

House Appropriations Committee Chair Al [PSCHOLKA] (R-Stevensville) advised that the Mayor stick to running the city.

"I hope he continues to run the city of Detroit and leave the schools alone," Pscholka said.

Reminded that Duggan wants to save the schools, Pscholka said, "I don't think it is" going to do that.

The Mayor was also slated to huddle with Rep. David PAGEL (R-Oshtemo Twp.), the Governor's office, Senate Majority Leader Arlan MEEKHOF (R-West Olive) and was going to dine with six Republicans in the evening."

Mayor Duggan is not a student of recent history. The citizens of the city of Detroit voted overwhelmingly to keep the DPSD out of the control of that office located at 2 Woodward Avenue. This says he has an agenda. The Senate version of this Bill can pass without the DEC provision. I would be for requiring School Board members to have Master's degrees in any subject from an regionally accredited university. This would usher in new leadership and vision and possibly higher expectations and achievement.

Both party Whips I am told by an undisclosed source can deliver the Senate version without the DEC. It has more funding from the Governor's office and more support across both aisles. Senate Majority Leader Arlan MEEKHOF (R-West Olive) and House Appropriations Committee Chair Al [PSCHOLKA] (R-Stevensville) would have to concede that an elected Detroit School Board and its' Superintendent should be able to objectively manage which schools stay open and close based on the State statute.

As a future State Rep in District 3 I support this Senate version without the Detroit Education Commission, I believe in a salient and mindful elected School Board. The DEC "seems to usurp authority of an elected Detroit School Board and its authority to have a Superintendent manage the day to day operations.

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