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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Aug 16, 2016 Detroit Community Schools: What happened to the info on the old DPS website?

I am conducting research on the Detroit Public Schools and discovered when I type in "Detroit Public Schools," in a search engine, the link takes me to a whole new website: http://detroitk12.org/ for the "Detroit Public Schools Community District." This is the "new" district that Detroit legislators had no voice in when protesting the plan for Detroit Schools. See this June 16, 2016 Free Press article by Rochelle Riley: http://www.freep.com/story/news/columnists/rochelle-riley/2016/06/11/legislators-blocked-voices-detroit-dps-funding-fix/85760366/ Where can a researcher find links to past Detroit Board of Education meetings before, during and after Robert Bobb and other emergency managers took over Detroit Public schools? Must a Freedom of Information Act request be filed? I noticed that most news links or links to information concerning DPS before the new district came into existence appears to be inaccessible...web pages don't exist anymore. As an advocate for parents with students with special needs, I feel parents (myself included) and researchers should have access to information concerning public school board meetings led by members we VOTED for! Last week, I attended a meeting of advocates for persons with disabilities, hosted by Isaac Robinson, at the ARC Detroit office. After speaking with another parent, it appears no one knows what is going to happen with the education of Detroit's students with disabilities in the "community" schools. One concern that other parent advocates and I have is no one knows if a new plan for Special Education has been created. After speaking to parents since June, many were unaware of "community schools" "community" meetings and feel they were left out of most meetings where concerns with Special Education could have been addressed. In essence, the ongoing concerns regarding students with special needs in the "old" and "new" districts, along with EAA schools will remain unaddressed and parents will be silenced as usual until they stand up and start raissing questions concerning the future education of their child or children, and//or begin filing lawsuits again. It seems that filing lawsuits against everyone but the Emergency Manager and the Governor are the only recourse a parent has since the Emergency Manager and the Governor are exempt from legal action, which means most civil rights complaints that name the Governor or Emergency Manager from doing harm to students in the district, will be thrown out. This article from the Democracy Tree, addresses the immunity of Emergency Managers in Michigan: http://www.democracy-tree.com/michigan-house-bills-strip-emergency-managers-immunity/

Friday, June 24, 2016

June 24, 2016 Detroit Public Schools News: No Democracy-What Will Happen to DPS' Students with Special Needs?

In the past month, there has been much news concerning the fate of Detroit Public Schools. From the House and Senate Bills to Detroit law makers not being allowed to speak in Lansing during the hearings or decision making session is a "slap in the face" as one Democrat from Detroit stated, to the "Detroit Community Schools" new district plan, as an advocate for parents with students with special needs, I'm here to say NOTHING has been discussed with parents of students with special needs about the education and fate of of those students in the "old" or "new" planned DPS District, by those who wish to "rule" over or emergency manage Detroit Public Schools. As in the past, I'm sure there will be another lawsuit or Office of Civil Rights Complaints to be filed by concerned parents. The Republicans refused the Democrats's request to have a forensic audit. They voted against it. There are videos from the Michigan Democratic Party Facebook page that shows how Detroit Democrats feel after being silenced. See all videos that show what happens to Democrats, Detroit and Highland Park MI in Lansing sessions here: https://www.facebook.com/MichiganSenateDemocrats/

Sunday, July 5, 2015

In Detroit: American Disability Act Legacy Project /Tour July 21, 2015

ADA Legacy Project/Tour -­ Americans With Disability Legacy Tour -­ Michigan Detroit, MI www.adamichigan.wordpress.com PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Susan Fitzmaurice, susan@disabilitysavvy.com, 248-­767-­2217 Loren Glover, LorenGlover@ymail.com, 313-­831-­0202 Brooke Blackwell, bblackwell@dwmha.com, 313-­580-­2101 ____________________________________________________________________________ Americans with Disability Act (ADA) 25th Anniversary Celebration in Detroit -­ July 21, 2015 ADA Legacy Tour Bus comes to Detroit Eastern Market ____________________________________________________________________________ July 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the groundbreaking passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the United States civil rights legislation that protects and addresses the diverse rights of people with disabilities-­-­the world's first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities. To commemorate this Anniversary, the national ADA Legacy Tour, (http://adalegacy.org/), a two year-­long, cross-­country traveling education exhibit and "Road to Freedom" Bus will be at Detroit Eastern Market, Shed 3 on July 21st from 9:30am to 3:00pm to raise awareness and educate the public about the ADA, disability rights and advocacy. The Detroit community is honored to be selected as one of the hosts for the ADA Legacy Tour as it heads to Washington D.C. for the July 26 National ADA Celebration and Parade. We are equally honored that The Honorable John D. Dingell, Member of Congress 1955-­ 2015, one of the sponsors of the original ADA legislation, will be the distinguished speaker at the event at Eastern Market. With the passage of the ADA in 1990, Congressman Dingell declared, “Enactment of this landmark legislation opens the doors of opportunity to millions of Americans with disabilities who will be able to realize their highest hopes, ambitions and dreams.” Other highlights include Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Circuit Court Judge Deborah Thomas, Ms. Wheelchair Michigan Kristen Milefchik, former MSU Basketball player Anthony Ianni, Human Rights Activist Elizabeth Bauer, Paralympian Winner & Wheelchair dancer Cheryl Angelelli, Tom Olin's iconic photographs of the disability rights movement, the Matrix Theatre Company's Justin Dart Hero Puppet, Kuungana African Drums, wheelchair dancing, performances by Wild Swan Theatre, with a deaf and hearing cast, music, photo booth, many interactive activities, face painting, and recording and telling of your own story. Come celebrate and commemorate the civil rights legislation, the ADA in the "D”. The Legacy Tour Bus and events are a momentous opportunity for ALL people, young and old, disabled and non-­disabled to celebrate the sweeping disability activism, to enjoy accessible activities, education and entertainment-­-­-­all of which are FREE, fun, enriching, and fuel us to continue our work to create a world where everyone is intentionally welcomed and included. Media interviews with speakers and persons who have been impacted by the ADA can be arranged. "Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down." George H. W. Bush, July 26, 1990 at the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act -- -- Rich Feldman 248-225-8037 @rfeldman60

Sunday, August 4, 2013

New Orleans Special Education Lawsuit

After three years of comparing the lack of special education services in New Orleans to what is happening in Detroit (related to the New Orleans "model" of the destruction of public education and the installation of an increase in charter schools), I finally discovered the New Orleans case regarding discrimination by charter schools towards special education students. The complaint can be downloaded in pdf from the Lawyers Committee site below. http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/newsroom/press_releases?id=0116

Disability Museum Info

Check out this interesting site on the Disability Museum. http://museumofdisability.org/

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

ADD/ADHD and 504 Plans In MI

Good Evening, I received a call requesting information on ADD/ADHD and 504 Plans. In Michigan, click on links to get more information: http://www.resa.net/specialeducation/section504/ Michigan Protection And Advocacy Service(MPAS) http://mpas.org/ ADHD Info at Wrights Law: http://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/?p=25 and http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/add.index.htm

Thursday, August 23, 2012

August 2012 Disability News

Walmart sued for not providing accommodations to person with cerebral palsy. http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/8-21-12.cfm Detroit School Board meeting is tomorrow evening at 6:00 pm, Frederick Douglas school on W. Warren ave.