Philissa Cramer

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A Legal Battle Brews Over Whether Detroit Students Have A Right To Literacy

A lawsuit filed nearly a year ago over the conditions in Detroit schools had its first day in court Thursday, but it could be a month before a judge rules whether it can proceed. The suit, filed in September on behalf of seven Detroit students, argues that Gov. Rick Snyder and state education officials have deprived city students of their right to literacy by not spending adequately on local schools. The 136-page complaint paints a bleak picture of life in the city’s schools, describing cond...

Worried Betsy DeVos Could ‘Destroy’ Public Education? Here’s What You Should Know

Ed. Note: With all the polarization out there on the internet, we thought we’d find a summary that highlights what could actually happen with the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, a wealthy Michigander who also has wielded her influence on education policy in Michigan as well as Detroit, as the new Secretary of Education. Thanks to Chalkbeat, who we regularly feature on our site, for this. Betsy DeVos earned more opposition than any of President Trump’s cabinet picks — and any nominee for education...

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