Michigan Bills Would Strip Emergency Managers of Their Immunity

GOP proposals to subject EMs to civil liability being considered in Michigan’s House

Michigan: GOP Bills Would Strip Emergency Managers of Their Immunity

Last week, Democracy Tree broke the story on the Michigan Emergency Manager Law’s immunity from civil liabilities — individuals acting under the aegis of the law are shielded from personal lawsuits, even if they cause grave harm — as long as they are operating within the parameters of their duties.

Most notably, Michigan and the nation have been aghast at the poisoning of an entire city under emergency management.

An additional insult to communities is that they are currently obligated to pay for any and all litigation that may occur in spite of the legal immunity.

By law, the state is required to deduct these costs from the revenue sharing of the already fiscally distressed public body.

Not if one Republican lawmaker has his way.

Today we learn that a legislative remedy has been introduced by…

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Built and Rebuilt: The Detroit School of Arts Story 

Built and Rebuilt:

The Detroit School of Arts Story

More than just the story of one incredible administrator’s dream high school, this film encompasses all that’s wrong and all that was once right about the Detroit Public Schools in one incredible production.

It is a MUST SEE.

You will laugh and you will cry and your heart will be uplifted and your heart will be broken for the teachers and the students and their parents of this incredible dream of a school.

Originally known as the Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts, the school was established in 1992 by the now-retired Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton and she is featured prominently and extensively in the film.

This documentary was produced by a collaboration with the parents of Detroit School of Arts, Kate Levy and the Leonard Kaplan Education Collaborative for Critical Urban Studies chronicles the successes of a locally controlled school, and the trials and tribulations of the school during emergency management, university partnerships, and the rebranding of a neighborhood.




Losing My Mind over Education (Finding My Way Back to Me) challenges the reader to search for meaningful solutions to address the issues facing American education.

It tells an incredible story about Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton’s dynamic leadership as Founder and First Principal of Detroit School of Arts along with her  personal journey through a brittle American bureaucratic system–education. It is also a personal quest to make a difference in education.

The book shows the discord between the preparation of Denise’s educational journey along life’s landscape, what she discovers, and what needs to happen to reignite the educational spirit.





Friday, Jan. 15: last day to enroll, renew or change your Marketplace health insurance plan!

Friday, Jan. 15 is the last day to enroll, renew or change your Marketplace health insurance plan and have coverage begin on Feb. 1.

Time is running out. But Working America Health Care is here to help make the process easier for you. You still have time to finalize your plan, or start your search today, — but don’t wait.

Call 888-276-2580 or visit WorkingAmericaHealthCare.org/Enroll NOW. As the Jan. 15 deadline gets closer, hold times can be especially long, so don’t delay.

The health insurance experience can be complicated—dozens of choices, difficult-to-understand benefits and confusing claim battles. But our recommended licensed professionals support you before AND after enrollment—at no extra cost.

Head over to WorkingAmericaHealthCare.org/Enroll BEFORE Jan. 15,  to find you the right plan.

With Working America Health Care, you get discounts on dental and vision services, as well as a personal health advocate to help you navigate the system.

Working America Health Care is a joint partnership between Working America and Union Plus. Our mission is to connect consumers with quality health insurance coverage. We aim to provide you with the information you need to make your own decision and connect you with unbiased licensed professionals who can help you shop for coverage. And once you’re insured, we’re here to make sure you get the most out of your health insurance experience with additional benefits and protections.

Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, is the largest organization of working people in the country. Working America has a winning track record advocating for good jobs, better wages, and access to affordable, quality health care. Working America is recognized by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services as an official national Champion for Coverage organization.

Union Plus was created by the AFL-CIO in 1986 to develop consumer benefits, discounts, and services for more than 13 million current and retired union members. Under the Union Plus brand, Working America members, union members and their families can take advantage of unique members-only high-value and high-quality products and service.


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BREAKING: After contacting Michigan DEQ on Flint’s lead poisoned water, EPA stayed silent too

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s top Midwest official said her department knew as early as April about the lack of corrosion controls in Flint’s water supply — a situation that likely put residents at risk for lead contamination — but said her hands were tied in bringing the information to the public.

Starting with inquiries made in February, the federal agency battled Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality behind the scenes for at least six months over whether Flint needed to use chemical treatments to keep lead lines and plumbing connections from leaching into drinking water. The EPA did not publicize its concern that Flint residents’ health was jeopardized by the state’s insistence that such controls were not required by law.

Instead of moving quickly to verify the concerns or take preventative measures, federal officials opted to prod the DEQ to act, EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman told The Detroit News this week. Hedman said she sought a legal opinion on whether the EPA could force action, but it wasn’t completed until November.

The state didn’t agree to apply corrosion controls until late July and didn’t publicly concede until October that it erroneously applied the federal Lead and Copper Rule overseeing water quality.

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EPA stayed silent on Flint’s tainted water