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Current State #50 | March 22, 2013

Mar 22, 2013

Today on Current State: contracts for Lansing teachers; a look at the new Financial Empowerment Center; East Lansing high school's theater fundraiser; Michigan's 20-20 plan and reform options; sports check-in; Lansing's historic Albert Kahn building.

Lansing teachers nearing contract with city

Mar 22, 2013
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  The Lansing School District has a new contract agreement with its 915-member teachers’ union.  The Lansing Board of Education approved the new pact by an 8-1 vote last night. Guillermo Lopez, president of the Lansing Board of Education, discusses the new five-year deal.

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In January, the city of Lansing announced that the city had been awarded a $1.5 million Bloomberg Philanthropies grant to establish a Financial Empowerment Center. Lansing’s center opened yesterday.

The center is modeled after one in New York City. It will offer free, one-on-one financial counseling to low-income residents over the next three years.

East Lansing Foundation

 

East Lansing high school presents "And The World Goes Round" tomorrow night, with a fundraising event after at the East Lansing Marriott. The "Gala of Gratitude" is part of the East Lansing Foundation's effort to raise $1 million for students  to support their theater tradition in East Lansing schools.

Many East Lansing high theater, music and arts grads will be attending the event on Saturday.

One of those people is Dana Brazil.  Brazil is the Associate Director of the MSU Federal Credit Union's Institute for Arts and Creativity at the Wharton Center.  She's a professional actress, teacher and M.F.A. acting student at Michigan State University.


WKAR's Peter Whorf spoke with Dana Brazil about her days at East Lansing High School.

Sports with Joe Rexrode of Detroit Free Press

Mar 22, 2013

 Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. Today he discusses the NCAA tournament. 

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