Newsmaker Interviews http://michiganradio.org en What's next for the EAA in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-next-eaa-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A vote is expected on a final version of a bill that would expand the Education Achievement Authority into a statewide district.&nbsp;</p><p>The EAA was created by the Snyder administration to initially oversee the lowest performing schools in the Detroit Public School system where it currently oversees 15 schools. Supporters say the EAA will give troubled schools the opportunity to turn things around, but critics say the EAA hasn’t proved that its model for education is a successful one.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Brian Smith, the statewide education reporter for </span>MLIVE.com joined us today.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 21:02:26 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16976 at http://michiganradio.org What's next for the EAA in Michigan? Could foundations offering to help Detroit regret their decision? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-foundations-offering-help-detroit-regret-their-decision <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>As Detroit continues to move through the bankruptcy process, an outstanding issue is a plan to protect artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts. A group of foundations and private donors have pledged over $300 million that would help cover city pensions and offset the need to sell the artwork.&nbsp;</p><p>A recent <a href="https://philanthropy.com/article/Foundations-Offering-to-Bail/144233/">op-ed</a> in the Chronicle of Philanthropy questions the wisdom of this plan.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">William </span>Schambra<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is the director of the Hudson Institute’s Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal in Washington D.C. and he joined us today.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:50:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16708 at http://michiganradio.org Could foundations offering to help Detroit regret their decision? Audio: April DeBoer talks about challenging Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage http://michiganradio.org/post/audio-april-deboer-talks-about-challenging-michigans-ban-same-sex-marriage <p>Tomorrow, hearings challenging Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage begin in federal court.</p><p>Partners April DeBoer and Jayne Rouse are two nurses, living in Hazel Park. They’ve been raising three children together, but they cannot jointly adopt the children because of Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage.</p><p>The couple sued the state for the right to adopt jointly and eventually submitted a legal challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.</p><p>The hearings are expected to focus on whether Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional and whether children are harmed by being raised by same-sex parents.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to April </span>DeBoer speaking with <em>All Things Considered </em>Host, Jennifer White below:</p><p></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:58:00 +0000 Jennifer White 16581 at http://michiganradio.org Audio: April DeBoer talks about challenging Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage Why Rep. Lipton believes her bill is better alternative to EAA http://michiganradio.org/post/why-rep-lipton-believes-her-bill-better-alternative-eaa <p></p><p>The Michigan House could vote this week to expand the Education Achievement Authority, or EAA.</p><p>The EAA was created by Gov. Rick Snyder as a separate school district for the lowest-performing 5% of schools in Michigan. The idea was that under the oversight of a state appointed emergency manager, those schools could be transformed into higher performing, stable schools. Supporters of the EAA say the district is showing student improvement. Critics of the district say the EAA is failing students and schools.</p><p>Democratic Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton is the sponsor of&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Bill 5268. She&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">poke with All Things Considered host Jennifer White.</span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:20:33 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16498 at http://michiganradio.org Why Rep. Lipton believes her bill is better alternative to EAA Why Rep. Zemke believes teacher evaluations need change http://michiganradio.org/post/why-rep-zemke-believes-teacher-evaluations-need-change <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A set of bipartisan bills moving through the state legislature would reshape Michigan’s teacher evaluation system. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic Rep. Adam&nbsp;</span>Zemke&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">from Ann Arbor&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">sponsored <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(kr5vsi552oeduinogkrgvd45))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&amp;objectname=2014-HB-5224">Bill 5224</a>. He spoke with All Things Considered host Jennifer White.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:46:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16402 at http://michiganradio.org Why Rep. Zemke believes teacher evaluations need change Detroit bankruptcy moving quickly http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bankruptcy-moving-quickly <p></p><p>This week, Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor for the Detroit Free Press, pointed out the positive momentum around the Detroit bankruptcy, and also the glaring outstanding issues that could have a major impact on how quickly and efficiently the bankruptcy proceeds.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">All Things Considered host Jennifer White spoke with S</span>tephen Henderson.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:32:00 +0000 Jennifer White 16303 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit bankruptcy moving quickly One group strongly opposes raising the minimum wage http://michiganradio.org/post/one-group-strongly-opposes-raising-minimum-wage <div></div><div>President Obama is expected to talk about raising the federal minimum wage in his State of the Union address tonight.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Across Michigan, there’s also increasing focus on raising the minimum wage for the first time since 2008.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Raise Michigan campaign is working to get an initiative on the ballot that would raise the minimum wage to somewhere between $9 and $10.10 per hour. But the Michigan Chamber of Commerce strongly opposes raising the minimum wage.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Joining us to explain why is Wendy Block, director of health policy in human&nbsp;resources at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>We also spoke with Michigan State University economist Charles Ballard.</div><div> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16220 at http://michiganradio.org One group strongly opposes raising the minimum wage Does year-round school mean kids lose out on summer vacation? http://michiganradio.org/post/does-year-round-school-mean-kids-lose-out-summer-vacation <p></p><p>In his recent State of the State address, Gov. Rick Snyder called for a pilot program for year-round schooling. Since that speech, education advocates and teachers’ unions have been weighing in on the question.</p><p>Schools that move to a year-round schedule would still have the same number of vacation days as traditionally structured schools, but those days would be dispersed over the course of the year rather than having a long summer break.</p><p>Joining us now is the director of the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice, Dan Quinn. He is also a teacher of economics at Grosse Pointe North High School. &nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 02:45:44 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 16121 at http://michiganradio.org Does year-round school mean kids lose out on summer vacation? How will Michigan's abortion law work? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-will-michigans-abortion-law-work <p></p><p>Last week, the Michigan legislature approved a voter-initiated law that bans abortion coverage in standard health insurance policies. The law does not include exceptions for rape or incest.</p><p>Joining us now to help us better understand the new law is Marianne Udow-Phillips, Director of the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation based at the University of Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:20:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15728 at http://michiganradio.org How will Michigan's abortion law work? Detroit eligible for bankruptcy, what comes next? http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-eligible-bankruptcy-what-comes-next <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Today, Judge Steven Rhodes&nbsp;<span style="font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">of the United States Bankruptcy Court&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ruled that while the City of Detroit did not negotiate with creditors in good faith, it did file for bankruptcy in good faith. His ruling makes Detroit eligible to file for the largest municipal bankruptcy in this country’s history. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">David </span>Shepardson<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Washington reporter with the Detroit News has been following the bankruptcy. He joined us to talk about this historic ruling, and what to watch for in the coming months.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</span></em></p><p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 19:18:12 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15517 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit eligible for bankruptcy, what comes next? StoryCorps celebrates its 10th anniversary http://michiganradio.org/post/storycorps-celebrates-its-10th-anniversary <p></p><p>StoryCorps<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is celebrating its&nbsp;</span>10<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;anniversary of bringing us conversations that move us, make us laugh, make us think...and of course, draw some tears.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, we talk with the founder of <a href="http://storycorps.org/">StoryCorps</a>, David</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Isay&nbsp;about their new&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">book "Ties that Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of </span>StoryCorps”<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. </span></p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:40:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15442 at http://michiganradio.org StoryCorps celebrates its 10th anniversary What the state could gain by raising the minimum wage http://michiganradio.org/post/what-state-could-gain-raising-minimum-wage <p></p><p></p><p>There is legislation pending at the national and state level that seeks to increase the minimum wage. In Michigan it's $7.40 per hour, just over the federal minimum wage of $7.25. &nbsp;A person working full time and earning the minimum would pull down just over $15,300 per year before taxes.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, there are three bills from Democrats in the state legislature seeking an increase of Michigan’s minimum wage to $9 or $10 per hour. Opponents of those bills say it would lead to layoffs, decreased hours, and a spike in prices.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Proponents say now is the time to increase the minimum wage. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, we talked with&nbsp;</span>Yannet<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lathrop, policy analyst with the Michigan League for Public Policy and author of the study “Raising the Minimum Wage: Good for Working Families, Good for Michigan’s Economy.”&nbsp;</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:21:55 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 15354 at http://michiganradio.org What the state could gain by raising the minimum wage A fresh face on Detroit City Council http://michiganradio.org/post/fresh-face-detroit-city-council <p></p><p>Raquel Castaneda-Lopez is the newest member to the Detroit &nbsp;City Council<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;representing District 6 in Southwest Detroit,​ which includes the largest concentration of Hispanic voters in the city.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Lopez gained political experience running state Rep.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rashida</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tlaib’s</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;campaign in 2008. She has worked with non-profit groups for years with a focus on youth programs in disadvantaged communities.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lopez says she want to keep the focus on the needs of her constituents - safety&nbsp;and access to city services for example.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:36:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15273 at http://michiganradio.org A fresh face on Detroit City Council Did the state negotiate in good faith at the Detroit bankruptcy hearing? http://michiganradio.org/post/did-state-negotiate-good-faith-detroit-bankruptcy-hearing <p></p><p>This week, Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes is hearing arguments on whether the city of Detroit is eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. Both Governor Snyder and Detroit Emergency Manger&nbsp;Kevyn Orr <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/sharp-exchange-between-bankruptcy-judge-and-detroits-emergency-manager">have testified</a>. They argue that bankruptcy is Detroit’s only path to solvency.</p><p>John Pottow&nbsp;weighed in on the matter on today's Stateside program. Pottow is professor of law at the University of Michigan who specializes in bankruptcy and consumer protection.</p><p>"I think the hardest issue about this is this Michigan constitutional provision about protecting the pensions," Pottow&nbsp;said. "This gets to what's animating the objectors and the unions is, why would the governor want to rush Detroit into bankruptcy? It's not what people generally clamor toward. And their concern is that because of this protection the workers have under the state constitution, that the governor might be trying to use&nbsp;the federal bankruptcy law as a way to get around the Michigan constitution."</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p></p><p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 21:04:16 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 15044 at http://michiganradio.org Did the state negotiate in good faith at the Detroit bankruptcy hearing? Shutdown slows U.S. Attorney's work in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/shutdown-slows-us-attorneys-work-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A partial shutdown of the federal government shutdown is now in day eight. There doesn&rsquo;t appear to be a resolution in sight which leaves over 800,000 federal employees out of work. That includes people at the U.S. Attorney General&rsquo;s office in Detroit. Today we talk with Barbara </span>McQuade<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Thirty&nbsp;out of almost 200 people are furloughed at her office.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&quot;That&#39;s having an impact on the litigation mission of our office. Most of our criminal litigators are still here handling criminal cases, but it&#39;s our civil docket that&#39;s really taking a hit,&quot;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">said&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">McQuade</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&quot;Our people are working without pay, which is having a big impact, as you can image, on morale. The people that are furloughed are not being paid, but even the people who are here working are not being paid.&quot;</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</span></em></p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 21:19:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 14771 at http://michiganradio.org Shutdown slows U.S. Attorney's work in Michigan Author explores family secrets in the new autobiographical memoir: Annie's Ghosts http://michiganradio.org/post/author-explores-family-secrets-new-autobiographical-memoir-annies-ghosts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year&rsquo;s </span><a href="http://www.michiganhumanities.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Great Michigan Read</a><a href="http://www.michiganhumanities.org/programs/tgmr/" style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">selection is </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Annie&rsquo;s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, by Steve </span>Luxenberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The autobiographical memoir tells the story of one man&rsquo;s surprising discovery of his aunt, Annie, who he only learns of after his mother&rsquo;s death. This is a fascinating read: its part mystery story, part family history and part exploration, as the author relearns who his mother and aunt really were.</p><p>This week, host Jennifer White talks with the author, Steve Luxenberg about why it was important for him to write such an intimate story about his family.</p><p>&ldquo;My mother had a secret, which she kept her entire life. She didn&rsquo;t tell her children that she had a sister who was institutionalized for 31 years at a Michigan Hospital called Eloise. When we found out about this, I needed to re-imagine my mother and my entire family story because when my mom was growing up she told elaborate stories about how she was an only child. Those stories turned out not to be true,&quot; Luxenberg said.</p><p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 20:32:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14562 at http://michiganradio.org Author explores family secrets in the new autobiographical memoir: Annie's Ghosts Napoleon explains his plan to reduce crime in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/napoleon-his-plan-reduce-crime-detroit <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On today's "All Things Considered," Host Jennifer White talks with&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wayne County Sheriff,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Benny&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Napoleon.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He is&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">one of Detroit's mayoral candidates, and h</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">e</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;recently released what he calls his <a href="http://bennynapoleon.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Revised-One-Square-Mile-Presentation.pdf">"One Square Mile Initiative"</a> focused on reducing crime in Detroit by 50%.&nbsp;</span></p><p>"Until we are affirmed as a save city, [crime reduction] has to be the continuous priority of anyone in leadership in this community. Recognizing we cannot do it with the number of police officers we have. Certainly we can do a better job employing&nbsp;people with the resource that we have, but if you are really trying to make this a safe city you can't do it with the number of people we have in this agency right now," Napoleon said.</p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</span></em></p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:37:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 14457 at http://michiganradio.org Napoleon explains his plan to reduce crime in Detroit Duggan explains his plan to rebuild Detroit neighborhoods http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-explains-his-plan-rebuild-detroit-neighborhoods <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The field for the next mayor of Detroit has been whittled down to two. Benny&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Napoleon</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Wayne County&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sheriff</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and Mike&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Duggan, f</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ormer CEO of Detroit Medical Center.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Duggan recently released his <a href="https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&amp;ik=b966919a19&amp;view=att&amp;th=141045924a8b4f27&amp;attid=0.1&amp;disp=inline&amp;realattid=f_hle4fnr20&amp;safe=1&amp;zw&amp;saduie=AG9B_P8UU5FZG5DXieg9o6csIIeW&amp;sadet=1378839828724&amp;sads=VLjB6yY9qkRNpcTiEHahYJLeQHQ">10 point plan</a> focused on rebuilding Detroit neighborhoods.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One big issue facing Detroit is the amount of abandoned buildings, and how sparsely populated the city is now, which makes it difficult to provide services. Duggan joined us today to talk his&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ideas for addressing that problem.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"If you’re in an area where you are down to a couple of houses per block, what we want to do is create incentives so that those houses that we cease in densely occupied blocks can be made available to people who would relocate from the block that only have one or two houses left and I think in a positive way we can convince people to move from the declining neighborhoods to the neighborhoods that are stable," he said.</span></p><p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 20:42:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 14357 at http://michiganradio.org Duggan explains his plan to rebuild Detroit neighborhoods Economic impact of Medicaid expansion in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/economic-impact-medicaid-expansion-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Senate could vote on a bill to expand Medicaid in Michigan this week.</span></p><p>The legislation would extend health insurance to hundreds of thousands of low-income Michiganders through the federal Affordable Care Act.</p><p>On today's program we talk with Charles Ballard, an economist at Michigan State University about the pros and cons of Medicaid expansion in Michigan.</p><p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:19:03 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 14163 at http://michiganradio.org Economic impact of Medicaid expansion in Michigan Community forum set for parents and students near Saginaw http://michiganradio.org/post/community-forum-set-parents-and-students-near-saginaw <p></p><p></p><p>The Buena Vista School District, located in the eastern area of greater Saginaw was dissolved on July 30th after struggling with insolvency. Its students will move to one of three surrounding school districts this fall.</p><p>Dr. Richard Syrek is superintendent of&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Saginaw Intermediate School District, the group in charge of the redistricting process</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He says right now the biggest task is making the transition as smooth as possible.</span></p><p>“That means the registration. That means the busing. That means what school they will go to. And the other issue that is very important to the parents is having a means to go into the new school and meet the principle, see the building and the rooms, so there is some idea of what the new building looks like.”</p><p>On Tuesday, August 13<sup>th</sup> Saginaw Intermediate School District will hold a <a href="http://www.sisd.cc/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectionid=1">community forum</a> from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Buena Vista High School. Parents and students are invited to meet with representatives from Saginaw, Bridgeport-Spaulding and Frankenmuth school districts.</p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 20:41:00 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 13852 at http://michiganradio.org Community forum set for parents and students near Saginaw