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Radio Made in Michigan
2:16 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Current State #260 | February 21, 2014

Today on Current State: changes in the Holt School district; cinematographer Dan Kneece; Michigan Board of Education president John Austin on the Education Achievement Authority; live music with classical pianist Ralph Votapek. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:15 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Changes at Holt schools stir opposition

Holt High School. Under 'the plan', seniors would move across the street to the current 9th grade campus next academic year.
Credit http://www.hpsk12.net/schools

In the Holt School District, students, families and other stakeholders have been embroiled in a debate over changes in the district.  Recently, a dispute over a district reinvention plan has intensified.  Opponents of the plan now threaten to replace members of the Holt school board, which approved it.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:14 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Steadicam pioneer discusses long Hollywood career

Dan Kneece (right) with Yousef Linjawi in the Serengeti.
Credit Norm Torp

Cinematographer Dan Kneece has had a long career in movie-making, commercials, and music videos. He learned how to handle a Steadicam from inventor Garrett Brown, and has a track record of nearly three decades that earned him the Steadicam Guild’s first ever lifetime achievement award.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:14 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Michigan School Board President: EAA not ready for expansion

John Austin says that the EAA is making headway in some schools, but there has been a host of problems in other schools.
Credit Flickr - controltheweb

Michigan’s failing schools will be expanding future turnaround efforts by collaborating with various partners, not just the state’s Education Achievement Authority.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:13 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Votapeks reunite for Lansing Catholic benefit

Ralph Votapek
Credit Christian Steiner

 

Current State is pleased to welcome Michigan State University music professor emeritus Ralph Votapek to provide today's live music.

Votapek’s daughter Kathryn is a violinist on the faculty at the University of Michigan and associate concertmaster of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. The Votapeks will play a benefit concert for Lansing Catholic High School on March 9th.

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