Cotter statement on DPS corruption charges

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, issued the following statement on federal charges being filed against more than a dozen current and former Detroit Public Schools principals and administrators:   “This is exactly why House Republicans were so adamant that strong fiscal oversight be a prerequisite to any additional state funding for Detroit’s corrupt and…

Speaker Cotter’s statement on parental involvement in schools

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, issued the following statement on the Michigan Department of Education’s recent proposal to limit parental involvement in local schools:   “I am calling on the Michigan Department of Education to extend the open period for public comment on their recent guidance proposal for local schools.  In a curious break…

Cotter statement on DPS funding and accountability

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, issued the following statement on plans to fund Detroit Public Schools through the end of the current school year:   “The future of Detroit’s schoolchildren, and their access to a quality education, is absolutely critical.  That is why we must pass a funding plan that keeps the doors open…

Speaker Cotter on FOIA reform

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, issued the following statement on the new ‘McBroom plan’ to reform Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act announced earlier today:   “I have said all along that I am open to discussing any honest attempt to improve Michigan’s FOIA, but that I had no time for people simply using this…

Cotter statement on the first hearing on Flint water

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, issued the following statement on the first hearing of the Joint Select Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency:   “The Joint Select Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency today began a very important series of hearings.  I want to thank the members of the committee…

New joint committee to review Flint water crisis

  Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter today announced the creation of the Joint Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency to review the findings surrounding the Flint water crisis, take testimony on the mistakes at all levels of government that led to this situation and explore potential…

Statement on proposed DPS reforms

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, issued the following statement on the significant academic and financial reforms being proposed for Detroit Public Schools:   “I want to solve problems, not enable them. Without serious academic and financial reforms, such as those shared yesterday, we cannot simply throw an enormous sum of taxpayer money into a…

Cotter statement on the DPS leadership change

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, issued the following statement on the change in leadership at the top of Detroit Public Schools:   “Detroit Public Schools is on the brink of collapse and failing every young child in the City of Detroit.  Union bosses continue to siphon funds away from the classroom and into salaries…

Sickout strikes have already cost Detroit children almost 700,000 instructional hours

  After a new round of school closings on Wednesday, illegal strikes by Detroit teacher union members have now cost children almost 700,000 instructional hours in just the most recent round of ‘sickouts’ alone.  The actions have affected more than 40,000 students from more than 90 schools.   “Almost every day that goes by brings…

Speaker Cotter on roads

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, issued the following statement on the package of bills that will fund Michigan’s road and bridge repairs:   “Road funding talks reached an impasse last week largely because everyone was so bound to their own preferred solution.  Today, the House took a big step away from that and passed…

Speaker Cotter announces new Appropriations subcommittee and committee assignments

  Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter today announced the creation of a new subcommittee in the House Appropriations Committee and several new committee assignments for the House of Representatives.   The new subcommittee lineup mirrors the new structure of Michigan’s state departments, after Gov. Snyder earlier this spring combined the Department of Community Health…

The Michigan House of Representatives expels Rep. Gamrat

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, and Democratic Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills, today issued the following statements on the resignation of state representative Todd Courser and expulsion of Rep. Cindy Gamrat.   House Speaker Kevin Cotter: “Now that the House has fulfilled its constitutional responsibility to investigate and judge the qualifications of its members,…