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When the going gets tough, count on soon-be-former Michigan House Rep. Tim Melton to leave

Photo Credit-Rep. Tim Melton (D) website
Michigan House Democrat Rep. Tim Melton
will resign before the end of this term to
take a job with StudentFirst, designed
to destroy teacher tenure in union contracts
Democrats, who face a nearly two to one Republican Super-Majority in the Michigan House, have one less Representative vote to count on for the rest of the 2011-12 term, as Rep. Tim Melton (D-District 29) saying adieu. 
WDIV-Channel 4 Detroit noted that Rep. Melton of Auburn Hills in Oakland County is resigning his elected seat on September 9th to take employment with the for profit "educational reform" group StudentsFirst.
StudentsFirst was founded by highly former Washington D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Soon-to-be former Rep. Melton will be working for Rhee's group, who support causes most of the Democratic leadership oppose, including ending teacher tenure and implementing merit pay for teacher based on standardized test scores.
Melton is in his third term in the House and wouldn't be able to run again in 2012 because of term limits but, decided to resign his seat prior to the end of his last House elected session. His early departure will leave Republicans with a 63-46 advantage in the House.

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