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VIEW: EAA Update

March 23rd 2014

VIEW:  EAA Update (Viewpoint by Steve Norton, Michigan Parents for Schools, March 23, 2014) As you may have heard, House Bill 4369 (the “EAA expansion bill”) passed the state House of Representatives late last Thursday. After close to two hours of maneuvering and floor speeches, it passed by the thinnest of margins: 56-54. The bill […]

Before You Know Kindness Author to Speak in Birmingham, Southfield April 30

March 23rd 2014

Before You Know Kindness Author to Speak in Birmingham, Southfield April 30 (Berkley Public Library Press Release, March 23, 2014) Currently in its 13th year, Everyone’s Reading is a community-wide reading sponsored by 12 public libraries, including the Berkley Public Library, to promote dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. […]

First Gay Marriages in Michigan (video)

March 22nd 2014

First Gay Marriages in Michigan (video) (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 22, 2014) Happiness filled the Oakland County building on Saturday as hundreds came during special hours to take part in what ended up being a brief window of opportunity for same-sex couples to marry. When 6th District Court Judge Bernard Friedman ruled in the case […]

Same Sex Marriages Put on Hold As Temporary Stay is Granted

March 22nd 2014

Same Sex Marriages Put on Hold As Temporary Stay is Granted (Equality Michigan Press Release, March 21, 2014) The U.S. Appeals Court for the Sixth Circuit has issued a temporary stay in the DeBoer v. Snyder marriage equality case until Wednesday. Earlier Saturday, the appeals court issued a one-page order directing the attorneys for the […]

Judge Rules: Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

March 21st 2014

Judge Rules: Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 21, 2014) Judge Bernard Friedman has ruled in favor of the Hazel Park couple who sued the State of Michigan and Oakland County for the right to marry and to adopt each others’ children. The Judge did not issue a stay, meaning that there […]

Gary Meier Announces Retirement from Ferndale Schools

March 20th 2014

Gary Meier Announces Retirement from Ferndale Schools (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 20, 2014) After 14 years as Superintendent of Ferndale Schools, Gary Meier has announced that he is retiring. In a memo to Ferndale Schools staff, Meier wrote: “It is with many mixed emotions that I write this letter to formally advise you of my […]

Preferential Polices Stricken from Ferndale Schools Contracts

March 20th 2014

Preferential Polices Stricken from Ferndale Schools Contracts (Crystal A. Proxmire, March 20, 2014) At some point in the 1970s, language giving preference to the hiring and promotion of minorities, including non-Christians, made its way into teacher contracts at Ferndale Schools.  The wording “Special consideration shall be given to women and/or minority defined as: Native American, […]

Go! Comedy is Go! Business at Ferndale DDA’s FernNet March 26

March 20th 2014

Go! Comedy is Go! Business at Ferndale DDA’s FernNet March 26 (Ferndale DDA Press Release March 20, 2014) He unexpectedly licks his phone in the commercial for Hungry Howie’s. He’s a happy dad, driving a cool car in a TV ad for one of the Big 3.  Wednesday thru Sunday nights, every week of the […]

Waterford Businessperson and Ferndale Teacher Learn from Each Other

March 19th 2014

Waterford Businessperson and Ferndale Teacher Learn from Each Other (Ferndale Schools Press Release, March 19, 2014) Coolidge Intermediate teacher Jason Gillespie exchanged his teacher experiences for a day this week with a local business leader as part of Oakland Schools’ Teacher-Business Leader Exchange Program. Because Gillespie was the 2013 Teacher of the Year for Ferndale […]

Ferndale’s Judge Longo Returns After Major Illness (video)

March 19th 2014

Ferndale’s Judge Longo Returns After Major Illness (video) (Court Press Release, March 19, 2014) On March 19th, a very grateful and much healthier Judge Longo returns full time to the bench in the 43rd District Court.  The Judge expressed his sincere appreciation to all the caregivers he encountered in his recovery from a serious illness, […]