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Speaker Cotter, Rep. Lauwers introduce civil service reform

Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter and state Rep. Dan Lauwers today announced a plan to reform Michigan’s civil service system and give directors of state departments the ability to discipline or remove dangerous government bureaucrats. “This is a common-sense reform to create better government for the people of Michigan,” said Speaker Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant….

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Speaker Cotter, Rep. Lauwers introduce civil service reform

Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter and state Rep. Dan Lauwers today announced a plan to reform Michigan’s civil service system and give directors of state departments the ability to discipline or remove dangerous government bureaucrats. “This is a common-sense reform to create better government for the people of Michigan,” said Speaker Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant….

House Republicans pass DPS rescue legislation

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed a package of bills to rescue the Detroit Public Schools system:   “This is the right plan to fix Detroit’s schools and give the city a good, working school system for the long-term.  The people of Michigan want assurances…

Sickout strikes have now cost Detroit children more than 1,000,000 instructional hours

House Speaker Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, issued the following statement after the latest round of illegal sickout strikes pushed the total number of instructional hours lost in Detroit to more than 1,000,000 this school year alone.   “The Detroit Federation of Teachers is once again putting the wants of adults ahead of the needs of…

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…