K-12, Incorporated: Wall Street Monetizes Public Schools

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K12, Inc was founded by William Bennett, the Republican writer and talk-show host, with an infusion of cash from the former junk-bond king Mike Milken. Bennett resigned from K12 In 2005 after making controversial remarks about blacks and abortion that he said were taken out of context. K12’s spread across the U.S. is due in […]

PIP cap: Insuring corporate profits at the expense of consumers

As the economy took a turn for the worse in late 2007 many saw an opportunity to reduce the size of government, cut taxes for the wealthy, and cut benefits for the most needy. And while these austerity measures were good at putting money in the hands of the rich and big corporations they hurt […]

Common Core and the manufactured education crisis

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the Common Core education standards. The goal of Common Core is “to bring diverse state curricula into alignment with each other by following the principles of standards-based education reform.” President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan support the initiative so it should come as no […]

Ignorance and pride – the tenets of racism

Since the George Zimmerman acquittal there has been a lot of discussion on this blog and elsewhere on the topic of race. Given the tragic nature of this event these discussions about race and racism in the U.S. are a silver lining in a particularly stormy cloud. Unfortunately, rather than having a dialogue that leads […]

Yvonne Siferd: You are not alone

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Today we talk to Yvonne Siferd, Director of Victim Services at Equality Michigan. Today we talk about: Cultural competency The importance of training as part of victim services What it means to help victims The importance of human rights ordinances The different types of reporting by the victim services department Under-reporting of incidents The distrust […]

Amy Kerr Hardin: Complexity is not the same as chaos

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Today we have Amy Hardin back with us again, this time to talk about mergers & consolidations. Amy’s notes: The 3 myths about local units of government in Michigan: 1. We have too many units 2. They are too costly 3. Mergers are the cure-all (primary myth to expand upon) Here’s some introductory text I […]

Sommer Foster: Everyone has a Coming Out Day

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Today we talk to Sommer Foster, Field Organizer with Equality Michigan. We talk about, What it means to be a straight ally The role of field organizer in Equality Michigan The role of social justice and civil rights in Sommer’s life The projects that equality michigan is helping with throughout the state Credibility as a […]

David Rutledge: You can’t change policy without changing policy makers

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Today we have State Rep & Democratic Floor Leader David Rutledge with us! Great conversation, if I do say so myself! Join us as we discuss: Taking over the Floor Leader position for the House Dems David’s background prior to being elected to the State House The school dissolution legislation & how it morphed from […]

‘Black on black crime’ and conservative ethnocentrism

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After the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin, I penned an article on the Bizarro World the conservative media has created where racism no longer exists in the U.S. – except for black racism against whites. “If there’s one thing conservatives hate, it’s when they are called out for being racist,” […]

Rudy Hobbs: Senate Republicans are slow-walking Medicaid

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Today we have State Rep Rudy Hobbs joining us again. I love it when he’s on with us!! Join us as we discuss … The importance of fundraising in a campaign Lansing Dems fundraising is going really well The aggressiveness of the House Dems Caucus in Lansing House Dems are optimistic about the next election!! […]

Book Review: Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

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It used to work this way: we would be attacked by another nation, the President would ask Congress for a Declaration of War, Congress would act, we would send our Army and Navy off to fight, and back home the entire nation would be asked to join in the sacrifices of war for the national […]

Ned Staebler: Talent attraction is not a partisan issue

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Today we have Ned Staebler with us to talk about talent development, retention, and attraction. We talk about, Michigan needs to invest more in education in order to raise the standard of living here Union jobs kept wages disproportionately high relative to educational level Other states have figured out that human capital is the most […]