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Rep. Bledsoe to Hold Special Coffee Hours on Schools of Choice

In addition to having discussion with constituents, Bledsoe has asked the head of the Senate Education Committee to hold a public hearing in Grosse Pointe regarding the Schools of Choice proposal by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Rep. Tim Bledsoe (D-Grosse Pointe) has received so much feedback from the community regarding the Schools of Choice proposal, he is scheduling special coffee hours to focus on the topic. 

The hope is to talk one-on-one or with very small groups about the proposal that would require to accept out-of-district students to fill spots left open beyond in-district enrollment. 

Meanwhile, Bledsoe is also asking constituents to complete an online survey about the proposal, available on his district website. He has also requested Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair Township), the chair of the Senate Education Committee, to hold a public hearing in Grosse Pointe regarding Schools of Choice.

Bledsoe's invitation is aimed at allowing what he identifies as "key senators" to have an up close and personal look at the Grosse Pointe Public School District and to hear direct feedback from residents, according to his latest newsletter. 

His office has yet to hear from Pavlov's office about the invitation, he said. He is hopeful the hearing will happen but he said it's not often that hearings are held outside of Lansing. 

There are times when hearings are held elsewhere because of the level of impact a particular piece of legislation will have upon a specific community, and Bledsoe believes this is the case with Grosse Pointe Public Schools and the schools of choice proposal. 

Two sessions of the special coffee hours will be held Aug. 22 at the Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors office, 710 Notre Dame St., Suite 2.

  • 9:30 to 11 a.m. 
  • 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The split hours are in hopes of accommodating different schedules of constituents. 

Bledsoe has identified the schools of choice proposal as his main focus right now. He held a question and answer for residents. because there is not a draft of a bill yet, or at least not one being shared with all legislators, Bledsoe told the crowd of about 200. 

Rick August 11, 2011 at 11:35 AM
Russell Are you for real or just 12 years old playing on Mommy's computer? I am not sure exactly what Mr Bledsoe's eye disability is called and do not always agree with him politically, but I will come to his defense here to let you know you are either a bore, a bully or an idiot. Quite possibly all 3. Please mo=ve on to a different forum.
Rick August 11, 2011 at 11:38 AM
BTW I appreciate the 2 sessions to help with schedules but both of those time frames do not work for many working folks with normal hours. We mostly start before 9 and work until at least 5 in this day and age. This is one of the problems with todays government, it is out of touch with the average person. I appreciate Mr. Bledsoes running with this and his accesability, just a point I wanted to make.
Chris K August 11, 2011 at 01:48 PM
Agree with your comment Rick, Russel needs to grow up.
Cynthia Lambert Nehr August 11, 2011 at 01:48 PM
I appreciate Rep. Bledsoe's attention to this issue that has far-reaching implications for our community. I will do my best to attend one of the coffee meetings. Thank you Rep. Bledsoe for reaching out.
Salvador August 11, 2011 at 02:15 PM
I plan to be there. Let your friends and neighbors know about this too. They are all affected by this
Rick August 12, 2011 at 12:41 PM
To all interested: I just read on patch that our state senator Burt Johnson will be at Caribou on Mack This Monday at 8:30 am for discussion. I think as many of us that can that are concerned about school of choice should be there to get his take and express concerns. Tell a friend, get some letters signed, GET ACTIVE!

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