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Karl Marx’s “The Communist Manifesto” is must-reading at many Michigan college campuses. … more
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Here's the proper way to describe the Supreme Court case on compelling public sector employees to financially support a union or lose their job: “Let’s say you are a vegetarian but your boss requires that you pay for meals provided in a workplace cafeteria that only serves meat. When you object, the cafeteria manager calls you a ‘freeloader,’ and if you refuse to pay, state law requires your boss to fire you.” … more
The city of Detroit says it would take 10,000 hours of research to determine how many total hours of "comp time" it's police department employees have accrued over their careers. That's problematic considering the department has a history of overtime fraud and is liable for employees' compensatory time one way or another. … more
The deplorable conditions of some Detroit Public Schools' classrooms that triggered a series of sickouts by teachers can't be blamed on a lack of money. Detroit Public Schools per pupil funding is much higher than the state average. … more
The president of the Detroit Public School teachers union made what has now become a clichéd and erroneous claim when she said the state has been cutting money to state education. … more
Last month the Detroit Free Press published a sympathetic story by columnist Rochelle Riley about a Detroit Public School principal named Kenyetta Wilbourn who pleaded guilty to bribery and tax evasion charges. Wilbourn used her position to put relatives on the payroll, took kickbacks from vendors and wrote fake grant requests. … more
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