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Victory for Detroiters! Judge Issues Restraining order to stop Bobb!

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicole Conaway on April 16, 2010

Big Victory today for teachers, students, parents, and the citizens of Detroit!

This is a win for every teacher, student, parent, and community member. All the meetings, phone calls, leafletting, and picketing that brought us to this day paid off. But, our struggle continues…
Judge Wendy Baxter issued a temporary restraining order barring Bobb from proceeding with the school closings, testing, etc. pending the outcome of a full trial. 

From The Detroit News:–school-closing-plans#ixzz0lKF2Wmd8

Judge Baxter described language in the statute that limits Bobb’s authority to financial matters and clearly protects the School Board’s authority on academic matters. Being in the audience at the hearing was eye-opening. Hearing the actual language of the law, and interpetations from the lawyers and judge, shed new light on things. Not only has Bobb overstepped his authority by trying to control academics, but all along he should have been  consulting the Board, in open meetings, on financial matters as well.

Video of rally and press conference:  There is some bias in the language of this coverage, “the board feels” Bobb has not consulted with them. It was clear in court today that by legal standards, he has not done this, not just according the “feelings” of the board.


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  1. Susan Ryan said, on April 21, 2010 at 12:18 PM


    Wednesday April 21st – 4:30 PM
    Gracious Savior Church
    19484 James Couzens Highway

    (east side service drive of Lodge M-10, ½ mile north of 7 Mile)

    This meeting is being held jointly by AFSCME 207, BAMN (Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary) & Detroit Teachers’ Organization Defend Public Education / Save Our Students

  2. Kathryn Newborn said, on April 17, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Way to go! Judge Wendy Baxter for United States Supreme Court!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111111111 !

  3. michael mulholland said, on April 17, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Bobb’s been meeting with Mayor Dave Bing and the corporate-funded foundations that tell them both what to do. Bing & Bobb are imposed dictators who fear the opinions of Detroiters! Congradulations! Keep united, keep fighting, don’t be fooled by the appearance of power.

    • weilunion said, on April 22, 2010 at 11:16 PM

      You are right, Michael, they are legal thugs that should be indicted under the RICCO Act but the politics of neo-liberalism, where they take the government and pass regualtions, de-regulations, laws etc. for themselves have made it legal; just as Pay Day loans can loan at usury rates legally.

      Now the issue is to hit them with Public Record Act requests. I have sued three cities six times, once undewr the PRA and won the public record’s act case to bring down a corrupt mayor and his entire administration.

      Find someone to do it ‘in pro per’ or with assistance from ACLU if possible. I am working on a case in NJ; the whistelblower is suing a charter school for public records. Booker, the Newark mayor is up to his neck in this; a Robert Bobb clone.

      I will report on this at in a very large article soon. But the issue I am stressing is find the laws that govern open meetings and public records. Find a person who can ask for them and eventually ‘sue’ for a writ of mandate in Superior court. If they are poor, they will wave filing fees generally. It can be worked on with legal minds outside of the confines of the ACLU if they will not take it.

      It is time to tangle their underwear in knots; to hit them from student walk-outs to law suits. From breaking up Wal-Mart internships to teacher sick-ins or as done, getting rid of Keith Johnson.

      The game is all the same all over. They never deviate.

      Read, you can go to Author’s posts, Danny Weil and see 50 articles. But others write and they do a good job.

      See my article on the suit against a NJ charter school under the public reecords act by a libertarian.



  4. weilunion said, on April 17, 2010 at 12:32 AM


    This is Danny Weil from

    Some of you may know I am a public interest attorney and I would strongly encourage you, if you not have already done so, to go through the administrative procedures to get any Public Records of Bobb’s meetings. Detroit must have its own version of a public records act and what we call in CA a Brown Act.

    If he has not been meeting with the board as he is legally liable to do, then who has he been meeting with and where are the public records of any and all of those meetings.

    This would no doubt include Bing who himself is subject to the record’s act as well as the city council.

    A thought



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