detroit pension board http://michiganradio.org en The week in review: Taylor teacher contracts, same-sex adoption, and Detroit pensions http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-taylor-teacher-contracts-same-sex-adoption-and-detroit-pensions <p><em>Each week, Michigan Radio's political analyst Jack Lessenberry, and weekend host Rina Miller look back on the big news events in Michigan. You can listen to their discussion above. Below is a short summary.</em></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lawsuit over Taylor School District contract tossed out</span></strong></p> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Rina Miller 13508 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review: Taylor teacher contracts, same-sex adoption, and Detroit pensions Two plus two isn't five http://michiganradio.org/post/two-plus-two-isnt-five <p>I have nothing against the Theater of the Absurd. I was taught French years ago by an odd method based on the comedies of Eugene Ionesco, the master of irrational dialogue. But absurdity doesn’t work very well as a guide to life, unless, say, you are an infant, or have only months to live.</p><p>Two plus two is, after all four. If you want your children to be successful in life, they generally need to know reading, writing and arithmetic. However, we seem to have a set of leaders, both left and right, who have made careers out of denying reality.</p><p>Let’s take education, first of all. The non-partisan, respected Education Trust, Midwest released a report yesterday showing that Michigan students are performing below the national average in every category. That’s worse than thirty-five other states. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:50:52 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13478 at http://michiganradio.org Two plus two isn't five Battle heats up over funding, control of Detroit pension funds http://michiganradio.org/post/battle-heats-over-funding-control-detroit-pension-funds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>The battle over&nbsp;control of&nbsp;Detroit’s two pension funds is heating up,&nbsp;with big consequences for city retirees and other creditors as&nbsp;the city&nbsp;creeps closer to&nbsp;possible bankruptcy.</p><p>Detroit has two pension funds: A general retirement system for most employees, and a separate system for&nbsp;the&nbsp;police and fire&nbsp;departments.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 14:47:57 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 13434 at http://michiganradio.org Battle heats up over funding, control of Detroit pension funds In this morning's news: Detroit pension systems, consolidating school services, Detroit City Council http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-detroit-pension-systems-consolidating-school-services-detroit-city-council <p><strong>Detroit's pension systems vs. Kevyn Orr</strong></p><p>Detroit has two pension systems and both have posted fairly strong funding levels. But emergency manager Kevyn Orr has questioned some of those numbers. Orr spokesman Bill Nowling says using more realistic projections changes the funding levels, but Detroit’s pension systems say their numbers are correct.</p><p><strong>Michigan schools might consolidate services</strong></p><p>Michigan schools could be forced to consolidate many of their services into <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigans-state-superintendent-wants-move-toward-county-wide-school-districts">county-wide systems</a> if state lawmakers decide to go along with a plan released yesterday by state Superintendent Mike Flanagan. Flanagan wants services like transportation, food, and staff training to be handled at the county or regional level.</p><p>“And local districts, they can spend time on student achievement issues and not worry about all that other stuff,” Flanagan told Michigan Public Radio's Jake Neher.</p><p><strong>Detroit City Council will select new leader</strong></p><p>The Detroit City Council is expected to select a new president today. The board typically numbers nine but now has six members after two recently resigned and the former President Charles Pugh deserted his duties.</p><p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 11:29:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13428 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Detroit pension systems, consolidating school services, Detroit City Council Detroit's emergency manager orders probe of city pension funds http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-emergency-manager-orders-probe-city-pension-funds <p>Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is turning his focus to the city’s pension system.</p><p></p><p>This morning, Orr directed Detroit’s Inspector General and Auditor General to begin an investigation into the city’s pension funds.</p><p></p><p>The order specifically directs investigators to look for evidence of “possible waste, abuse, fraud and corruption”.</p><p></p><p>A spokesman says Detroit’s emergency manager has been looking into the city’s pension system, and what’s been found so far suggests further investigation is needed.</p><p></p><p>The probe is expected to take 60 days.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:11:13 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 13170 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's emergency manager orders probe of city pension funds Legislation would require spending disclosure by Detroit pension boards http://michiganradio.org/post/legislation-would-require-spending-disclosure-detroit-pension-boards <p>Detroit&rsquo;s two pen<a href="http://www.rscd.org/">sion boards </a>would be required to post all of their spending online, under a bill before the state House.</p><p>The legislation is a response to stories published in 2009 about board members&rsquo; travel expenses. The boards&rsquo; trustees, their attorneys and staff racked up bills totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars for trips to places like Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai.</p><p><a href="http://www.gophouse.com/welcome.asp?District=45">State Representative Tom McMillin</a> in the bill&rsquo;s sponsor:</p> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 22:29:16 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1319 at http://michiganradio.org Legislation would require spending disclosure by Detroit pension boards