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Moving Forward – 11.06.17

The mainstream media is claiming that Detroit is making a comeback. But questions remain, who is the city making a comeback for and who is paying the price for this comeback?  We are joined today by Abayomi Azikiwe to answer these pressing questions. Abayomi Azikiwe is the editor of the Pan-African News Wire, an electronic press agency that was founded …

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Leid Stories – First, Kill the Schools: The Nation’s ‘Urban Removal’ Plan – 05.12.16

Last week’s teacher sickout in Detroit shut down its public school system for three days and put the national spotlight once again on the beleaguered city’s budget woes. The teachers’ action came after they were told that their salaries could not be guaranteed beyond June 30, when emergency funds allocated by the state would run out.

Detroit’s schools long have been the poster child for the many ills that plague the nation’s public schools, especially in high-density, predominantly people-of-color urban areas across America. Now, the city and just about everything associated with it are widely viewed as being beyond fixing.

Detroit’s school system didn’t just develop “problems;” it was targeted for oblivion long before the rest of the city, says Dr. Thomas Pedroni, an associate professor of curriculum studies and policy sociology at Wayne State University and Director of the Detroit Data and Democracy Project. Raced-based policies engineered the demise of the city to make way for a “re-imagined” Detroit, he says, and key to hastening that transition was a wholesale attack on its public schools. Further, Dr. Pedroni says, the model is being replicated all across “urban” America.

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Leid Stories – Election 2016: Political Inevitabilities; Turning Things Around in Detroit – 05.10.16

Leid Stories continues yesterday’s discussion about developing alternatives to the political “inevitabilities” we face in this presidential election year.

Also, we look to Detroit, where, in the face of awesome challenges to community-controlled education and just about everything governing daily life, there is organized resistance, and it is gaining ground. Dr. Thomas Pedroni, associate professor of curriculum studies and policy sociology at Wayne State University, discusses ways in which the community is mobilizing to assure a quality education for Detroit’s schoolchildren.

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Leid Stories – 10.07.15

Obama’s Education Secretary Quits; Attack on Public Schools Won’t

A Lead-Poisoned River Runs Through It: Water Woes in Flint, Michigan

Ferguson, Missouri, Being Readied for Forced Bankruptcy

Dr. Thomas C. Pedroni, associate professor of curriculum studies and policy sociology at Wayne State University and co-director of the Detroit Data and Democracy Project, discusses the shameful legacy of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and why, after Duncan quits at the end of the year, his policies are likely to continue.

The cash-strapped city of Flint, Michigan, currently under state-imposed emergency management, is distributing free water filters to residents after elevated levels of lead were found in children. Since last year, the city has been using water from the Flint River to cut its water costs. Curt Guyette, an investigative reporter for the ACLU of Michigan, says local authorities consistently denied that a public danger existed, and now residents are in a pitched battle to safeguard their health.

In a commentary Leid Stories reveals that the City of Ferguson, Missouri, is being readied for a forced bankruptcy.

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Pesticides, Birth Defects and Brain Damage in Children

The recent number of articles in the popular press concerning loss of intellect among children exposed to chlorpyrifos is important in the use of this pesticide. Although in-home use of chlorpyrifos was restricted in the U. S in 2000, it is widely used in agriculture, and is a serious risk to health and intellect for people working and living in …