Update 4:10 p.m.
Here's the update from MPRN's Rick Pluta:
Republican lawmakers at the state Capitol have some harsh words for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights .
During a budget hearing today, state Representative Anthony Forlini , said the department has no business filing a complaint with the federal government against Michigan schools.
“Where does it stop? I mean if you’ve got, for instance, an eagle, which is an endangered species, can you imagine the guilt of a team that beats a team that’s named after an endangered species? You can go on and on with this.”
Department representative Leslee Fritz, says there are studies that show the mascots and nicknames hurt American Indian student performance.
“What our complaint filing argues is that that is no longer the issue that’s at play here, that, in fact, research shows that the use of American Indian mascots, imagery, etcetera, is harming children’s performance in the classroom.”
Republican lawmakers want the department to withdraw the complaint. The Republican chair of the House Education committee has also called on the department to withdraw the complaint.
They say the decision on mascots and nicknames should be entirely up to districts.