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Public Act 4

GOP Governor Signs Controversial Law

Posted 12.27.2012 | Detroit

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a revised version of a controversial emergency manager law Thursday that was rejected by voters during the November e...

Joy Resmovits

Custody Battle Over Beleaguered Schools | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.27.2012 | Education

Brooke Harris, a teacher at Detroit's Mumford High School, is confused. The English and journalism teacher faces class sizes of 45, and her colleag...

Ashley Woods

Controversial State Law Could Be Overturned | Ashley Woods | Posted 11.06.2012 | Detroit

Perhaps no piece of statewide legislation has been more controversial in Michigan than 2011's Public Act 4, which allowed the state to appoint an emer...

A Look At Michigan's 2012 State Ballot Proposals

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 11.01.2012 | Detroit

This Tuesday, Michigan voters will have an opportunity to decide on six momentous state ballot measures. But what's on the ballot menu, you might ...

State Schools Curriculum Standards Are Under Attack

Posted 10.15.2012 | Detroit

Curriculum standards that were unanimously approved by Michigan's Board of Education in 2010 are catching flak from some state Republicans, who are pu...

Schuette Sues Detroit School Board, Fight Continues To Lead Schools

Posted 08.10.2012 | Detroit

Michigan's Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a complaint in Detroit's Third Circuit Court Thursday, asking the court to remove seven of the Detroit...

The Detroit School Board Is Back.. And The Power Struggle Begins

Posted 08.10.2012 | Detroit

The recent suspension of PA 4, Michigan's emergency manager law, has left confusion in its place. While a referendum on the law is forthcoming, the...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Battle Over Font Size Sends EM Law Debate To High Court [UPDATE] | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 06.15.2012 | Detroit

UPDATE: Friday, 2:00 p.m -- Sara Wurfel, press secretary of Gov. Rick Snyder, emailed The Huffington Post a statement late Thursday night regarding th...

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Will Controversial Emergency Manager Law Stay On The Ballot? | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 08.14.2012 | Detroit

Come November, Michigan voters still may receive a ballot with an initiative to keep or strike down the controversial law that gives the state broad p...

Appeals Court Okays Closed Meetings For Financial Review Boards

Posted 05.22.2012 | Detroit

The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that Detroit and Flint's state-appointed financial review teams were not subject to the state's Open Meetings ...

Attorney General Asked To Intervene In Detroit Again

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 05.07.2012 | Detroit

Concerns about Michigan's emergency managers and potential voter suppression efforts compelled State Sen. Bert Johnson to send a letter to U.S. Attorn...

State Canvassers Refuse To Certify Emergency Manager Repeal Over Font Size

The Huffington Post | Simone Landon | Posted 04.26.2012 | Detroit

This story has been updated. Michigan's Board of Canvassers deadlocked on a vote Thursday and failed to certify more than 200,000 signatures seekin...

Major Win For Petition Drive To Repeal Emergency Manager Law

The Huffington Post | Simone Landon | Posted 04.26.2012 | Detroit

It looks like Michigan voters will decide whether or not to keep the state's controversial emergency manager law. The state Bureau of Elections is...

David Sands

Opponents To Consent Agreement Not Giving Up | David Sands | Posted 04.09.2012 | Detroit

Opponents of Detroit's consent agreement with the state of Michigan made a last-ditch effort Monday to get City Council to reverse their vote on the m...

Simone Landon

Detroit City Council Approves Consent Agreement | Simone Landon | Posted 04.04.2012 | Detroit

Detroit City Council on Wednesday voted 5-4 to enter into an agreement with the state of Michigan that will radically alter the structure of the city'...

Simone Landon

Deputy Mayor Says He Has The Votes For Consent Deal | Simone Landon | Posted 04.04.2012 | Detroit

UPDATE: Wednesday 4:30 p.m. -- The state-appointed financial review team for the city of Detroit voted to approve a consent agreement for the city at ...

Council Delays Vote On Consent Agreement

The Huffington Post | Simone Landon | Posted 04.03.2012 | Detroit

This story has been updated. Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis plans to introduce a resolution to Detroit City Council Tuesday morning that would call for th...

Council Could Consent Today

The Huffington Post | Simone Landon | Posted 04.02.2012 | Detroit

Detroit City Council is set to discuss and possibly vote Monday on a financial consent agreement designed to restructure city governance and accountin...

Detroit Review Team To Decide City's Fate

The Huffington Post | Simone Landon | Posted 03.26.2012 | Detroit

Detroit's state-appointed financial review team is scheduled to meet Monday afternoon to announce the fate both of Detroit's financial future and syst...

Time to Recognize Michigan Citizens Acting to Overturn the Undemocratic Emergency Manager Law

Patrick Geans-Ali | Posted 05.21.2012 | Detroit
Patrick Geans-Ali

Even with the February 29 delivery of over 226,000 signatures to a petition to overturn Public Act 4, there has been another brave and bold attempt to overthrow the law.

In Hard Times, Democracy More Important Than Ever

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.20.2012 | Detroit
Rev. Jesse Jackson

Is democracy a luxury good in America, discarded when the going gets rough? Apparently Michigan's Gov. Rick Snyder thinks so.

The Year In Emergency Management

The Huffington Post | Simone Landon | Posted 03.16.2012 | Detroit

It's been a year since Gov. Rick Snyder signed Michigan's Public Act 4 of 2011, officially known as the Local Government and School District Fiscal Ac...

Happy Birthday PA 4! The People of Michigan Hope It Is Your Last!

Sen. Bert Johnson | Posted 05.16.2012 | Detroit
Sen. Bert Johnson

The concept of emergency management, as pushed forward by Gov. Snyder, is deeply flawed. It is a draconian attempt at a solution to a problem caused in large part by policies and circumstances not promulgated at the local level.

Detroit: What Else Besides Butting Heads?

Fred Leeb | Posted 05.16.2012 | Detroit
Fred Leeb

If the proper mix of solutions work in Detroit, there will be a recipe for success that will help to guide other major cities with problems very similar to ours.

Public Act 4's Enhanced Powers Are Necessary for Recovery

Louis Schimmel | Posted 05.16.2012 | Detroit
Louis Schimmel

I have been an emergency manager under both Public Act 4 and its predecessor Act. The major drawback I had operating under Act 72 was that the process of restoring fiscal stability took too much time.