Stateside for Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Now that it appears Detroit pensioners will not have to take a big hit to their monthly checks because of the bankruptcy, should the city's other creditors expect a better deal than Kevyn Orr first offered?
Today we explored how those questions might affect the fate of the treasures at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Then we spoke with Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham about his documentary that explores the challenges faced by Michigan children who are growing up in poverty and pollution.
First on today’s show, we received an update on the state’s controversial Education Achievement Authority. That’s the state-run authority meant to turn around some of Michigan’s lowest-performing schools. Michigan Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville hopes there will be a final vote this week on a bill to expand the EAA. Right now, the EAA runs 15 schools in Detroit. The bill would pave the way for it to expand up to 50 schools statewide.
Michigan Public Radio Network’s Lansing reporter Jake Neher joined us to talk about the latest happenings in Lansing.