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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Aurora Harris Update: Broadside Lotus Press Poets' Theater April 14, 2019 Detroit


Hello Everyone,
Please share this post. Due to the holiday break, Broadside Lotus Press Poets' Theater writing workshops will take place on April 14, 2019 (the second Sunday) 3-5 in the Grounds Coffee Haus in the lower level of the Student Union.

The Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture and Broadside Lotus Press
Presents the Poets Theater
U of D-Mercy Campus McNichols and Livernois 
Grounds Coffee House, lower level of the Student Union..

Sunday, 2/14/ 19 
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Writing Workshop from 3 - 4:30. Bring your work in progress to read and get feedback.  Also, bring a piece by your favorite poet.
Open Mic from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Enter at the McNichols entrance. Take the road that leads to the Livernois side of the campus, the Student Union will be on your right.  

April is Poetry  Month
This month's writing prompts to choose 1 or 2 to write:
1.The Untouchable: Something that will always be out of reach
2. 7 Days, 7 Lines: Write a poem where each line/sentence is about each day of last week
3. Grandma’s Kitchen: Focus on a single memory, or describe what you might imagine the typical grandmother’s kitchen to be like
4. Taste the Rainbow: What does your favorite color taste like?
5. Misfits: How it feels when you don’t belong in a group of others.
6. Stranger Conversations: Start the first line of your poem with a word or phrase from a recent passing conversation between you and someone you don’t know.
7. Cold water: What feelings do you associate with cold water? Maybe it’s a refreshing cold glass of water on a hot day, or maybe you imagine the feelings associated with being plunged into the icy river in the winter.
8. Ghostwriter: Imagine an invisible ghost picks up a pen and starts writing to you.
9. Lessons From Math Class: Write about a math concept, such as “you cannot divide by zero” or never-ending irrational numbers.
10. Instagram Wall: Open up either your own Instagram account or one of a friend/celebrity and write poetry based on the first picture you see.
11. Radio: Tune in to a radio station you don’t normally listen to, and write a poem inspired by the the first song or message you hear.
Best Regards,
Aurora Harris 
Poet, Activist, Educator 
2015 "Unsung Heroes" Award- Michigan and Detroit National Lawyers Guild
2014 Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement Award- Peace and Justice Studies Assoc.
2012 PEN-Oakland Josephine Miles Excellence in Literature Award for
Solitude of Five Black Moons (poetry)   

Coordinating Committee Member: https://www.facebook.com/difs313/

Monday, March 18, 2019

March 18, 2019: News on Students with Disabilities


Local and national news on students with disabilities

From the Detroit News and Associated Press:
Rules for disabled students exploited by exam cheatersSally Ho, Associated PressPublished 11:44 a.m. ET March 13, 2019 | Updated 11:47 a.m. ET March 13, 2019
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/nation/2019/03/13/college-admissions-bribery-scandal-testing-disabled-students-exploited/39193681/

U.S. Court: Detroit students have no right to access to literacy  (from Metro Times)

Posted By  on Mon, Jul 2, 2018 at 11:03 am

https://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2018/07/02/us-court-detroit-students-have-no-right-to-access-to-literacy

Michigan is the only state that needs special education intervention , The Detroit NewsPublished 11:20 p.m. ET July 16, 2018 | Updated 9:40 a.m. ET July 17, 2018
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/education/2018/07/16/feds-michigan-needs-special-education-intervention/788247002/

Thursday, May 17, 2018

On May 21, 2018: Michigan Dept of Civil Rights Public Hearing on Discrimination in Schools



On Monday, May 21, 2018, there will be a public hearing by MCRC. See info below

This Monday, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission is holding a hearing on discrimination in schools.

4 people are testifying on issues with Michigan's school funding:
  • Mary Grech, Education Trust – Midwest
  • Eric Lupher, Citizen Research Council
  • Mitch Bean, former director of Michigan House Fiscal Agency
  • Lou Glazer, Michigan Future
They need to hear from YOU!

Parents, students, educators:
  • Is school funding inequitable? 
  • Does Michigan's school funding formula discriminate against some students?
Join us on Monday to tell the Commission that Michigan's school funding formula is inequitable!  Public comment starts at 6pm.
We will coordinate carpools.
Monday, May 21, 2018. 1275 S. Huron St, Ypsilanti. 3:30-8pm. Public hearing on discrimination in Michigan schools.
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May 17, 2018 New Resource on Learning Disabilities and Cost for Treatment

Good Morning Everyone,
I received a new resource on learning disabilities called Navigating Learning Disabilities and The Cost For Treatment.

https://www.thesimpledollar.com/navigating-learning-disabilities-and-the-cost-for-treatment/


Aurora Harris

Monday, April 3, 2017

4/3/17 We The People of Detroit's New Documentary on Detroit School Closures

As a co-founder of We the People of Detroit (501.c3), I am happy to announce that We The People of Detroit released a new documentary by filmaker Kate Levy called The Final Cut? We the People of Detroit's Documentary on School Closings regarding Detroit Public Schools and its effect on students with special needs and general education students. Highlighted in the film is the closure of the Oakman Orthopedic School, which is now in ruins since it was closed down. I am in the video along with local educators, parents, students, and community activists. Click this link to see the film and please share it widely! https://vimeo.com/204933347 Aurora Harris This Blog Entry c. 2017 by Aurora Harris

4/3/17 DETROIT SPECIAL ED NEWS AND ADVOCACY TRAININGS

There is still no official "news" concerning the closure of 25 Detroit Public Schools. In March, I began meeting with parents. educators, and local community persons on Saturdays from 9:30-12:00 p.m.at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History to have Special Education Advocacy training that began with learning about special education laws. I gave information on the House Bill HR-610 that will repeal the Elementary and Secondary Education act of 1965 to clear the way for vouchers for education. There is no mention of Free and Appropriate Education for students with special needs or what will happen to Federal funds, such as Title 1, for children living in poverty, that includes students with special needs. From the US Congress Website, the bill states the following: "Choices in Education Act of 2017 This bill repeals the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states." I urge all parents, teachers, and advocates in the USA to go to this website, follow the movement of this bill HR 610, and write your Congresspersons to ask them to vote against this bill. You may track the progress of the bill here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/610?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+610+Vouchers+for+Public+Education%22%5D%7D&r=1 The full transcript of HR 610 may be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/610/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22HR+610+Vouchers+for+Public+Education%22%5D%7D&r=1 Many parents and teachers fear that all Federal Funds may be cut for Public Schools in the US. Other News: We The People of Detroit released a new documentary by Kate Levy called The Final Cut? We the People of Detroit's Documentary on School Closings regarding Detroit Public Schools and its effect on children with special needs. Highlighted in the film is the closure of the Oakman Orthopedic School, which is now in ruins since it was closed down. I am in the video along with local educators, parents, students, and community activists. Click this link to see the film: https://vimeo.com/204933347 Aurora Harris This Blog Entry c. 2017 by Aurora Harris

4/3/17: Supreme Court Raises Education Standards for Special Needs

The Washington Post reported "Supreme Court sets higher bar for education of students with disabilities." See their story here https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-sets-higher-bar-for-education-of-students-with-disabilities/2017/03/22/fcb7bc62-0f16-11e7-9d5a-a83e627dc120_story.html?tid=sm_Fb&utm_term=.abefc4e7e39e