Video: State reps from Detroit discuss deficiencies in DPS bill package

The Michigan Senate passed a $617 million Detroit Public Schools "rescue package" last week originally created by the House. 

While the bills have been criticized for not providing enough funds, being too punitive on teachers, and having lax restrictions when it comes to charter schools – one of the most astounding tidbits surrounding its passage has less to do with the bill's content but rather how it came to be. 

According to the Detroit Free Press, Republican leaders in the Senate and House, as well as Gov. Rick Snyder, met behind closed doors for "back room negotiations" before the main Detroit education bill passed 19-18. 

The fact that no Detroiters had their voices represented and heard is the subject of this new, and disturbing, video from the Michigan Democrats. In it, representatives discuss flaws within a package of bills directly affecting their constituents' schools, as well as the fact that they were silenced whenever they attempted to sit at the proverbial table. 

Watch below to better understand how democracy currently fares in our dear state.

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