Court rules Michigan has no responsibility to provide quality public education

DETROIT — In a blow to schoolchildren statewide, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Nov. 7 the State of Michigan has no legal obligation to provide a quality public education to students in the struggling Highland Park School District.
Highland Park parent Michelle Johnson, a plaintiff in the ACLU lawsuit against the state of Michigan, says students deserve a fair education. ZENOBIA JEFFRIES PHOTO
Highland Park parent Michelle Johnson, a plaintiff in the ACLU lawsuit against the state of Michigan, says students deserve a fair education. ZENOBIA JEFFRIES PHOTO
A 2-1 decision reversed an earlier circuit court ruling that there is a “broad compelling state interest in the provision of an education to all children.” The appellate court said the state has no constitutional requirement to ensure schoolchildren actually learn fundamental skills such as reading — but rather is obligated only to establish and finance a public education system, regardless of quality. Waving off decades of historic judicial impact on educational reform, the majority opinion also contends that “judges are not equipped to decide educational policy.”
“This ruling should outrage anyone who cares about our public education system,” said Kary L. Moss, executive director of the American Civil Liberties of Michigan. “The court washes its hands and absolves the state of any responsibility in a district that has failed and continues to fail its children.”
The decision dismisses an unprecedented “right-to-read” lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Michigan in July 2012 on behalf of eight students of nearly 1,000 children attending K-12 public schools in Highland Park, Mich. The suit, which named as defendants the State of Michigan, its agencies charged with overseeing public education and the Highland Park School District, maintained that the state failed to take effective steps to ensure that students are reading at grade level...
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Egotism, Greed, and Pride: How they are killing our society slowly

            It is said in the Bible: “Pride cometh before a fall.” If that is true then our modern day society is on the verge of taking a very profound fall from grace. It seems that nowadays every time I turn on the television I hear stories about how people kill people for selfish reasons, and to make matters worse our society has begun to consider these occurrences the new norm for living in a globalized world.

            Relisha Rudd, Monday Easter shooting at the national zoo, and the South Korean ferry boat accident all are stories that serves as examples of how our society has become overwhelmed by egotism, greed, and pride to the point of many senseless, untimely deaths. It is these three elements that ravish the core of our Christian moral beliefs that we hold as scared in this country. Long gone are the moral value and codes of: “Do unto others as you want them to do unto you,” or “if you have a coat and you see your brother in need give him one of your coats”. No, these and many other moral codes have been replaced by new codes: the laws of self-preservation, take what you want, do what you want and get rich or die trying are all things that are not only destroying the most sacred of relationships but it also forming in its wake a heartless, evil, and unrepentant nation in its path.

            “Mother is the name of God on the lips of children everywhere,” said Brandon Lee in The Crow. To me and many other people around the world this is more than just a famous one liner said by a deceased actor in a cult classic film; it is the basis of how scared motherhood really is to not just God but to people in general. However, now more than ever mothers are abusing their relationship with their children for their own personal gain.  Such is the case with Shamika Young. Shamika Young is a young mother with four children, who became infamous nationwide by breaking the scared bonds of motherhood.

Just how did she accomplish it? It is believed by many that she sold her child to a shelter janitor by the name of Khalil Tatum. Ms. Young’s story starts when her child was reported as missing too many days. When the school called her to find out why, she had missed so many days the mother came up with a clever hoax to throw the school officials off her scent.  The hoax consisted of giving the school the janitor’s number in this case Khalil Tatum’s number and telling school officials that he was the child’s doctor. The school decided to take further steps and call social services to schedule a meeting with her at the shelter she lived in which was D.C. General Homeless, but Ms. Young was a no show. That was when the social services called the police and filed a missing person report. By the time the report was filed Relisha had been missing for about a month. As time went on Mr. Tatum’s wife was found murdered in a hotel room, but there was no sign of Relisha or Tatum. Then about two to three weeks ago Mr. Tatum himself was found dead. Relisha has still not been found.

Her mother on the other hand has used her daughter’s disappearance to get her fifteen minutes of fame. She has been giving interviews commenting on friend’s photos on Facebook and talking about living her life. It got so out of control that final the blame was being put on the family where it belongs. The current Mayor Vincent Gray said that this came about because of what the family did in selling that child and not telling the cops the whole truth. In response to this the grandmother said that it is not true and she is hurt that people think that way about her family. Make no mistake: only the soulless and heartless can throw their child under the bus in order to make a profit off of it, which is a clear example of egotism, greed, pride and just plain evil. Only a coward would run from a situation instead of sticking it out and turning it into a success story.

  There is a code of the sea that a captain goes down with his ship. There have been many famous captains who have followed this code like Captain Edward Smith captain of the Titanic, who went down with his ship this captain after deployed all the life boats he had to deploy.  He made the ultimate sacrifice, which was his life, in order to save as many lives as he could. Yes, he truly lived by the code that captains go down with their ship. However, what would happen if a captain did not live according to this code. That is the heartbreaking lesson that 476 families learned the hard way when two weeks ago Captain Lee Joon-seok of the ferry ship abandoned his entire crew and passengers to die on a ship that was sinking into the ocean.

            One truly has to be evil and egotistical to lie to people’s face and tell them that they will be fine as long as they stay in their cabins. All the while knowing that the ship is sinking and if they don’t get to a life boat they will die, instead of warning his crew and passengers and loading them onto the lifeboats. He took upon himself to save himself by getting into the lifeboat and rowing away as the ship started to sink beneath the ocean. To make matter worse he is so prideful to think that just by saying sorry it could right the tremendous wrong he did to both his crew and passengers that his sorry could give the families tranquility. These people died because he could not own up to his responsibilities as captain and it needlessly cost these people their lives.

            This brings us to our final example of how these elements affect our society and that is the recent shooting at the national zoo on Easter Monday. This recent shooting marks the third time in two years that the Easter Monday events at the national zoo in D.C. have closed with a violent event following them. The police do not know what they motives are for this recent shooting, but the fact that people were injured over what may be a gang-related issue shows how greed, egotism and pride are running our country. Gone are the days when justice, peace, honest, and love run the country; they have been replaced with egotism, greed,
and pride. This is not just a national problem, but a worldwide problem. If we don’t fix this problem our children will be left to the mercy of the backstabbers, murderers, and heartless people who do anything to make a profit for themselves, and that, my friends, is no way to live.

Reported by Nadia Johnson 
April 24, 2014
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Achieving my weight loss goal

Ever since I started college and packed on the freshmen 15 pounds, I have been trying to lose weight. It has been a war with some battles, I have won.  I lost over 30 -40 pounds. But, when I sustained a lower back injured, I gained all of it back, plus some. This time is going to be different. I know many of us say that and every time, we try to lose weight we tend to fail. But this time, it will be different, because I will be writing a blog about it. That’s right, for the first time in my weight lost journey, I am not only chronicling it but I also, sharing it. And hopefully, we can draw strength and hope from each other and achieve our weight lost goals. So, here we go one, two, and three: here comes the new me.

            The first step in my weight lost plan was to find a work out plan that I would stick too. I started with walking my neighborhood track and for five to eight miles. After I finished each mile, I would jump rope a 100 times and do arm curls with the hand weights. This was all well and good, in fact, just doing this alone without any change in my diet, I lost about eight pounds. I started searching for new ways to lose more weight. So I decided to join the local YMCA. I joined but found that because of my mother’s birthday and winter holidays that I gained back, about five -six lbs. Then by the end of January, I lost six pounds, just to put it back on again because I fell for the diet pills hype that promise me, I would lose 20 pounds in two weeks. 

            So after I stop taking the diet pills, I got the common cold that turned into one of the nastiest version of the flu bug, I had an epiphany. I realized that I had already known how to lose weight.  My only problem was consistence. So instead of taking short cuts, I decided to do Nutrisystem diet system. It has worked for me, in the past and I figure it could work for me again.  I plan to buy it from QVC store because it is cheaper. On QVC the 28 day program cost $176.0 a month, compared to the $238. from Nutrisystem website. I also went back to the gym, on at least 2-4 times a week and started swimming again.

            I have decided in order to keep my sanity about losing weight that I was not going to be a “scale hog”. This means I am not going to weigh myself every day to see if I lost a pound or not. This time around it is going to be different, for this time, I am losing weight for me and only me. I am not losing weight to get or kept a man, to meet my mother’s standards on how I should look, or to even feel better about myself. I am losing the weight for me and I am doing this with the goal in mind, that the extra weight does not make me nothing but unhealthy.  I have to stop comparing myself to famous celebrities and weight loss champions, who get paid to lose a huge amount of weight in a small amount of time. I think that, women put too much significance on our weight and not enough on who we are as individual which I think is a real shame, for we don’t realize that we are teaching unhealthy body images to young girls.  Not every women is cut out to be a size zero or two and that it is okay to be a size six or twelve, as long as you are healthy. This is what we need to drive home to anyone consistent man, women or child, what weight loss is truly about practicing a healthy diet and active lifestyle.

            What is my exercise and diet routine? Well the answer is drinking Nutrisystem protein shakes for the next 28 days and following a strict exercise schedule, which includes rocking climbing, swimming, kick boxing and body pump classes.  I have also decided to take a fat burning pill called NV diet pills. I know what you are thinking that I fell for it again, but these pills have helped me lose about 15 pounds in the past so I think that is worth a try. On top of this I have decided to exercise at home before I go tot the gym with my Walk five Miles workout DVD.

            Even though my diet success story has just start or restarted depending on the angle you are looking at it is my hope that by the end of March, I would have lost some weight although, if you want to know how much weight I have lost, then tune in, for my second of my weight loss story, at the end of March. Until then, I wish all who are taking the weight lost journey with me the best of luck. I will update you on my weight loss story at the end of March “Go Weight Lost Gladiators”!

 Reported by
Nadia Johnson
March 21, 2014

Why No One Showed up for the Endometriosis March: Why it’s a problem?

Most women can remember when they were little girls and their mother’s told them about when they would get their monthly visitors.  We member are mother’s telling us that: “ Known my dear when you get your monthly visitor that it may hurt some but not much and it will only last for a couple of weeks.” But what if this was not the case for you.  What if your monthly cycle was plagued by unbearable pain that it left you unable to move, speak, or even landed you in the emergency room. What if this very rare disease has been affecting millions of women for years, but little is known about and worst yet little is being done to bring awareness about it.

While this is the sad story for millions of women who deal on a daily bases with the disease called endometriosis.  Endometriosis is a disease that affects women’s menstrual cycle. The major of women this disease affects are Caucasian women who are either tall or thin women with a low BMI index. It is usually diagnosed in women between the ages of 25 -35, but has been found in women as young as eleven years old. The exact causes of this disease are unknown. Some of the symptoms are the following:  pelvic pain, infertility, pain during intercourse, cramping during intercourse, pain in bowl movements, urination, lower abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, low back pain, chronic fatigue, irregular or heavy menstrual bleeding and blood in urine.

So has a disease that affects the fertility of women gone unnoticed by the mainstream media and society for so long? The answer is simple there is just not enough interested in it. The reason why I say this is because the recent Women’s March that happened on March 13, 2014 that was supposed to bring awareness to this female disease only had one thousand participators. This is a shock because the expected participations were to be one million women. This speaks volume to me because it means that even us women don’t see it as important of a cause like Breast Cancer.  The reason for this is because Breast Cancer can be fatal and it deals with one of the main parts of a women’s body that identify her as a women. Whereas, endometriosis just deals with the menstrual cycle and a woman’s infertility, but it’s not fatal like breast cancer.

 If this is going to be the continued viewed of this disease then it is going to be a very uphill battle to get it to be taking seriously among not only women, their male counterparts, but also the medical community as well. This means the lack of research on the disease, the lack of testing for it in young adolescence girls and more importantly the development of new treatments and medicine will go undiscovered to year’s maybe decades to comes, which is unfortunate for the many women who suffer from it now. However, this will prove to be a great lesson, which is if you don’t care about a cause as important as this one then no one else will.     


Reported by
Nadia Johnson
March 21, 2014

Remembering Camelot: The 50th Anniversary of a Dream cut short


When people look back to a kingdom where grace, mystery, honor, change, beauty, and peace reigned, they think of Camelot. Camelot was that mythical kingdom. It was run by King Arthur, his knights of the round table, Merlin, and his Queen, Guinevere. Their kingdom was archetypical of how a kingdom should not only be run, but also what it should stand for.  

Jack & Jackie | Iconic Images Ever since the fall of Camelot, kings and queens have tried throughout the centuries to replicate the image, grace, courage, intellect, hope, and the belief in both a utopia and man’s desire to make the world a better place for future generations.  However, we Americans are the luckiest of the bunches, because we have had our own version of Camelot. It is 50 years to the day when tragedy took her away from us, but we are still paying homage to the achievements and struggles of Camelot and what could have been.

 The Kennedy Administration only lasted 1,036 days, but it was in those 1,036 days that it became the Presidential Administration that would not only define the 20th century, but also cause Americans to change the way they viewed themselves. Just like the original Camelot was ruled by a king, his queen, his knights, and cabinet so was this one. The king was of course John F. Kennedy, his queen was Jackie Kennedy, their knight; were his brothers: Bobby Kennedy, Ted Kennedy and the U.S. Congress.

Jack & Jackie | isnt it iconic?...dont ya think?It was January 20th 1961 that John F. Kennedy took the world stage at his inauguration and gave one of the most historical speeches in American history. “Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans. Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” (People’s remembering Camelot 50 years later p. 66) It was in that simple passage from his inauguration address that Kennedy pledged to seek peaceful resolutions to the world’s problems. Yet all that was stated above in his inauguration speech is not what people remember of his inauguration speech it is these lines instead that we remember: “ Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country. All of this will not be finished in the first 100 days...or even perhaps in our lifetime.”  (Ibis. P.66)

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However, Jack was not the only one making changes to how the President of the United States was looked upon; his wife Jackie was doing the same for the role of Frist Lady. It can be said that Jackie Kennedy set the standard for what it was meant to be the First Lady.  Jackie Kennedy was one of our most stylish, sexy, discrete, and chic First Lady of American we ever had in the 20th century. She was fluent in three languages, which were French, Italian, and Spanish. It was this combination with her natural beauty and glamour that made her a rock star on both American and foreign soil.

The Kennedy’s involvement in the Civil Rights movement started with a simple phone called. It was a call made by her husband to a then pregnant 31 year Cotta Scott King, whose husband was in prison for marching for civil rights that would prove to be the turning point for the Kennedy administration. The electoral win of Kennedy gave the Civil Right activist such as Dr. King new found hope in ending Jim Crow in the South. Dr. King himself stated the hopes and expected he held for the new Kennedy administration when it came to Civil Rights: “use the whole weight of his office to remove the ugly weight of segregation from the shoulders of our nation” (isb. P. 113 para. 1)   Nonetheless, by 1963 that would not be the story. In fact, little had been done by the Kennedy Administration to curtail the racists tide in the South.  Jim Crow prove to be a problem for both King and Kennedy. For the Kennedy’s, the Southern Democrats had threatened to torpedo his Administration entire agenda if the White House attempted to end Jim Crow. King on the other hand, feared that his followers were on the verge of losing patience with his non-violence tactics, if the President did not act soon.


On a spring day in May of 1963, the South racial problems exploded, when a large group of Dr. King’s followers marched to Birmingham, Ala., to protest discrimination hiring practices. The then, city’s public safety chief Eugene “Bull” Connor, unleashed an assault by both cops and firemen who attacked the demonstrators, many of whom were children and teens. The televised images of the snaring police dogs lunging at frightened demonstrators and the high – pressure fire hoses that ripped off the cloths of many demonstrators backs were frighten images for the American public! Not long after this, peaceful demonstration had occurred that the Civil Rights community was hit by another act of violence with the assignation of one of its leaders. The assassination of Medgar Evans who was a veteran of D- Day had sparked in Kennedy to send what most thought to be a far – reaching bill to Congress that would affirmed and enforced the equal rights for all Americans. This bill of course was the 1964 Voting Act Bill. King praised Kennedy stating, “that is the most sweeping and forthright proposals ever presented by an American President… that will take the nation a long way towards the realization of the ideals, of freedom and of justice for all people.” It would be an unfortunate turn of events that King, not Kennedy, got to see the Voting Act Bill signed into law!


... of John F. Kennedy - John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & MuseumHowever, one of the greatest achievements that the Kennedy Administration achieved was in science, which was the landing of a man on the moon. On July 20, 1961, two Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon and days later returned, safely. This event was followed up by two other special events, but of a more political sense.  Kennedy’s visited to


Berlin, Germany. In 1961 Kennedy went to Berlin, were what would become known, later as the Berlin Wall, was starting to form.   In order, to stop the tide of refugees fleeing to the West, the government was building a wall, to separate, West Berlin from East Berlin. The Berlin wall would stand for 28 years before it was finally torn down during the Reagan Administration! After he failed to defuse the standoff, between the United States Hawks and the Soviet Belligerence, Kennedy himself, went to Berlin and saw for his own eyes the formation of the wall. It was in that very moment, that Kennedy declared his solidarity with the people of West Berlin, in his famous statement: “Inch bin ein Berliner,” which means “I am a citizen of Berlin”.  


The second event of political importance happened on October 22, 1962, this event has become known as the Cuban Missile Crisis.  An American U-2 spy snapped 928 photos that clearly showed that the Soviets were building nuclear missiles, set in Cuba, which was 90 miles from America. Kennedy quickly convened an emergency meeting of the executive committee of the National Security Council, were by some of the war hawks were advocating a massive air strike and a full –scale invasion of Cuba.  Kennedy orders a blockade of Cuba, in an attempt, to buy time to find a peaceful solution. Even in seeking a peaceful resolution, Kennedy stated clear where America stood by stating: “If any nuclear missile is launched from Cuba against any nation, in the Western Hemisphere, the U.S. would retaliate, 27 ships approaching Cuba and the U.S. forces were on alert, tension were nearing a breaking point on the 24th. Then all of a sudden, six Soviet ships turned back and by the 28th the crisis was over, with a humiliated Khrushchev agreeing to ship all missiles back to Russia. Kennedy also agreed to not invade Cuba and secretly promises to removes U.S. missiles from Turkey. This was a peaceful end, to the last ruminate of the Cold War, but sadly, it would be the last important event, that Kennedy himself, would ever be in charge of as, the President of the United States.


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   November 22, 1963, would be one of those days that people would remember when they heard the news that Camelot had died! The day started out peaceful for the President and First Lady. The day was filled with laughter and being impress with the large crowd that come out to see them, in Texas during his reelection campaign the president decided to do away with the bullet proof bubble for the top of the limousine, in which, he and the first lady would be riding in. Along the way, he saw a sign held up by some children saying “Mr. President Please stop your car and shake our hands” and he did, just that.
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Then at 12:30 p.m., shots were fired at the presidential limousine. It was a total of three shots, that hit the president and several that hit other members, in the limousine. When it was all over, the President of the United States was dead!  


Although the Kennedy Administration only lasted 1,036 days, it quickly becomes known as the Camelot Era, no one used that term, at the time. It was a week, after the assassination, that Mrs. Kennedy invited Life magazine writer Theodore H. White to Hyannis Port. Jackie told him a quote that the president used to say, which was: “Don’t let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot.” This is how the Kennedy Administration will always be remembered, as a mythical dynasty, that if given the chance to finish the work they started could have heal the race wounds of our country, pushed for more open dialogue between the races, created more jobs, housing opportunities, and  help end Communists in Cuba and around the world.  These are the things and many others that we will never know about the Kennedy Administration, but what they did do for the full 1,036 days is more than some presidents have done in 4 or 8 years. For that we celebrate them!
 Reporter by Nadia Johnson                                                                                   
December 9, 2013                                                                                      
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The Crumbling Ancient Texts That May Hold Life-Saving Cures

"Subjects in the collections, spanning the 13th through 17th century, include the Koran, Sufism, philosophy, law, medicine, astronomy, and more. Haidara stresses the need for climate-controlled safe-houses for the manuscripts, so that academics can begin to study the books to learn about African history. He thinks the books might also contain information about cures for maladies that persist today. “Every book has answers, and if you analyze them you can learn solutions,” he says. “Everything that exists now, existed before now.” One prime example of this constancy is a plague that has afflicted humans at least since ancient times and currently kills approximately 1.2 million people per year: malaria." 

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