DETROIT – The Detroit Board of Education will seek a court order to stop the emergency financial manager from privatizing the management of most of the district's high schools.
Board President Carla Scott tells The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press that Tuesday night's unanimous vote will force Robert Bobb to include the board in academic decisions. Board members say Bobb overstepped his legal authority when he announced last week that four companies will manage 17 of the cash-strapped district's 22 high schools.
East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University students rallied Wednesday to maintain Michigan Promise Scholarships. The program is on the chopping block as the state legislature attempts to close a $1.8 billion deficit in the 2010 budget.
WARREN, MI – President Barack Obama says the current economic crisis is a transformative moment that requires action to compete in a global economy.
The president on Tuesday was unveiling a multibillion-dollar investment in the nation's community colleges at Macomb Community College in southeast Michigan. Michigan has the highest unemployment rate in the country.
LANSING, MI – Lawmaker are back at the state Capitol after the Legislature ended its two-week summer break.
AUDIO: "The House will come to order."
Lawmakers returned to the news that the state's budget troubles are growing worse. The economy's struggling and tax collections are failing to meet projections. That means another $120-million just got piled onto a budget shortfall already pegged at $1.8 billion.
Lansing, MI – Former U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg wants his old job back. Walberg announced Tuesday that he is running for Congress in 2010. That could set up a rematch between the Republican from Tipton and Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer of Battle Creek to represent the southern Michigan district.
Walberg was elected to Congress in 2006. But Schauer beat him last year as Democrats benefited from having Barack Obama at the top of the ticket.