Either “well-regulated” means “well-regulated” or it doesn’t

How did the National Rifle Association (NRA) become such a powerful force in American politics?

Tonight, don’t miss Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA

— filmmaker Michael Kirk’s investigation of the NRA, its political evolution and influence, and how it has consistently succeeded in defeating new gun control legislation.

What’s wrong with the EAA in 56 words

“For far too long our schools were neglected and left to struggle without resources, accountability and a talent strategy. That is why when I joined the EAA, I immediately instituted financial control and established an ethics hotline. All major contracts are now competitively bid through an open process and our board approves all contracts above $250,000.” – Veronica Conforme, chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan*


NOTE: The Michigan Department of Education recently announced the new threshold amount at which local school districts, intermediate school districts, and public school academies must competitively bid (1) labor and materials for construction projects under Revised School Code Section 1267; and (2) the purchase of supplies, materials, and equipment under Revised School Code Section 623a (intermediate school districts) and Section 1274 (local school districts and public school academies). For fiscal year 2013-2014, the competitive bid threshold amount applicable to Revised School Code Sections 1267, 623a and 1274 is $22,766.


*The office of the State Superintendent or an Emergency Manager of a school district may transfer a failing school from its district into the System that is not under an approved redesign plan.[2] The Education Achievement Authority (EAA or Authority) is the governing body of the Education Achievement System (EAS or System), a Michigan statewide school system for failing schools.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder created the authority in June 2011[1] to take over and turn around failing schools.[3]

On August 26, 2011, the EAA Executive Committee went into executive session to discuss hiring John Covington as chancellor.[1] In the summer of 2011, John Covington was appointed chancellor of the Authority school system.[2] Pursuant to a complaint, on October 28 Judge Robert Colombo ruled them in violation of Open Meetings Act for failing to have a 2/3 vote to enter the executive session of August 26.[1]

In December 2011, Covington held meetings in the Detroit area to explain the Authority, take input about system including whether the EAA should start with more than Detroit Public Schools.[2][3]

The Authority began taking over Detroit schools in September 2012.[2][3] Covington resigned as chancellor on July 13, 2014 with an interim, Veronica Conforme, appointed the next day.[4] After the last remaining candidate dropped out on November 4, 2014, Conforme was named chancellor the next day.[5]

For the remainder of the article and to read the names of the members of the EAA Schools Board who approve expenditures for the district above a quarter of million dollars, go here -> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_Achievement_Authority

Poisoned Flint city water: What did Governor Snyder know and when did he know it?

Eclectablog has posted a new item,

‘Snyder admin knew risk of Flint lead
poisoning in 2013, changed 2015 lead test results that would have required

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