This morning Wayne County Judge Marvin Stempien refused to throw out an ACLU lawsuit against the state of Michigan and the Emergency Manager of Highland Park Schools. The suit claims the state is violating a law that requires schools to provide additional assistance to students who are not reading at grade level. They seek special instruction for more than 70 percent of fourth and seventh grade students who are falling behind under the cruel budget cuts of emergency management. The Snyder administration claims they are immune to liability.
Earlier in the week, the City of Hamtramck got its new supreme leader. Gov. Snyder appointed Pontiac City Administrator Cathy Square to run Hamtramck. Square worked under Lou Schimmel, Pontiac’s Emergency Manager, and she plans to model her reign of Hamtramck after his example. Schimmel dissolved Pontiac’s police and fire departments, and Square is looking at doing the same for Hamtramck. History buffs may recall that Hamtramck previously had an Emergency Financial Manager — Lou Schimmel. It’s nice when they keep it all in the family. Very House of Hapsburg-y of them.
And in that spirit of keeping it all in the family, Michael Brown will be making an encore appearence as Flint’s Emergency Manager. He will be replacing Ed Kurtz who was keeping Brown’s seat warm while he took a legal time-out during the transition from PA-72 to the new Emergency Manager law. Under the old law he was prohibited from serving due to a technicality, but after a good rest, he’s back and ready to continue selling assets and cutting services.
Amy Kerr Hardin