POLITICS & PREJUDICES
Snyder’s Heart of Stone
The man so many moderates had hopes for, Walmart university, 14th Congressional District.
Published: April 24, 2013
Lipton showed me a letter from Brooke Harris, a courageous teacher at Mumford High, one of the EAA schools, who said flatly that the EAA isn’t working.
“Student, parent and staff concerns are routinely ignored, or treated with extreme condescension,” Harris said. The teacher also contends that there is “a complete lack of data and evidence to support it or prove that it is effective.”
Lipton agrees. But the House passed the statewide expansion narrowly, and the state Senate is almost certain to follow. Well, there may be still some hope for our kids.
Some of them may be sent to Costco training schools and not to Walmart university. Costco, at least, offers benefits.
At least, for now.
14th District Follies
YOU MAY REMEMBER Michigan’s bizarrely shaped 14th Congressional District, which stretches from Sylvan Lake and Keego Harbor to the Grosse Pointes, taking in Southfield, West Bloomfield, and large chunks of not necessarily related neighborhoods in Detroit.
Last year, two incumbent congressmen, Gary Peters of Oakland County and Hansen Clarke of Detroit, battled it out for the Democratic nomination there. (The district has been drawn in a way that virtually assures no Republican can possibly win.)
Peters beat Clarke fairly easily, in part because Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence was a spoiler who split the black vote. Now, however, Peters is leaving after a single term; he is the all-but-certain Democratic nominee for retiring U.S. Senator Carl Levin’s seat next year. Which means the question is:
Who will run next time? Hansen Clarke sometimes seems zany, but he was more effective than some realize in his single term in office. He may well try a comeback.
Jack Lessenberry opines weekly for Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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