The BCTGM stands in solidarity with the entire labor movement in opposing the package of Detroit Public School related bills passed by the Michigan House of Representatives.
The fact that these bills target only Detroit with unpopular and untested education experiments and anti-union measures shows this is not about what’s best for the children of Detroit—it’s about how the Michigan House can exert power over the people of Detroit.
These bills include some of the most despicable anti-student, anti-public school, anti-teacher policies ever seen in America—and the attacks extend to all public employees.
These bills discriminate against Detroit’s children — who are overwhelmingly economically disadvantaged children and children of color — and are designed explicitly to punish teachers who speak up on behalf of their students and themselves. Many of the so-called teacher-related provisions have failed and been rejected when used in other jurisdictions.
I urge Gov. Rick Snyder to veto the House bills, and I ask the House to take up the bipartisan Senate bills that, while not perfect, give Detroit’s schools a fair chance and offer hope to students, families, educators and staff.
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