Conyers Calls for Real Action to Restore Detroit Public Schools
DETROIT – Yesterday, the Michigan House of Representatives introduced a package of bills that is intended to fix the financial problems being faced by Detroit Public Schools. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) issued the following statement after the proposed legislation passed the Michigan House:
“The legislative proposal put forward by the Michigan House is unserious and regrettable. It continues to pursue the failed model that has brought us to this precipice: it denies students the resources they need to learn and educators the conditions they need to teach. After the Michigan Senate worked out a deal all sides could work with, it is distressing to see our state representatives offering nothing more than austerity cloaked in the language of reform.
“Everyday, our schools struggle to educate children who come to school hungry for the lives and futures that too many take for granted. That the majority of Michigan House members cannot even overcome their own selfish interests tells us where real reform is needed.
“I am calling on Governor Snyder to stand up to the fringes of his party, and with my state colleagues--Republicans and Democrats--who put the public good ahead of their own ideological crusades. The Governor must announce he would veto the House bills if presented before him, and show Michiganders that the children in Detroit should have the same opportunities as their Representatives want for their own children.”