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A new Detroit Public School district will be taking off soon, with the help of hundreds of millions of newly approved state dollars. We talk with Michigan School Superintendent Brian Whiston about a meeting with other DPS and state officials to begin planning the new district.


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A much debated plan to rescue the Detroit Public Schools has passed the Michigan House and is now before the Senate. We talk with Dewitt Republican Rep. Tom Leonard about why he voted for it.

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This weekend, six high school students will take part in a very special graduation ceremony. They are the inaugural senior class of the Edgewood Village Scholars Program. The after-school initiative began in 2008 to help children living in an East Lansing affordable housing complex. We learn more from the program’s director, Jonathan Rosewood.


The East Lansing school board is again bringing in outside speakers to facilitate talks about sex education. East Lansing parent and author Alice Dreger weighs in on these developments and discusses her new book, “The Talk.”


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Courtesy photo / Charlotte Public Schools

Charlotte Public Schools has been considering doing away with the typical 12 week summer break in favor a balanced calendar, and they may be getting closer to making a decision. We get the latest from Charlotte Public Schools Superintendent Mark Rosekrans and Mike Bruce, president of the Charlotte Board of Education.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

On May 3, Lansing residents will vote on a proposed $120-million millage designed to upgrade the city school district. We learn more about the Lansing Pathways Promise from superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul.


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Courtesy photo / Sen. Goeff Hansen

When Michigan legislators return from a Spring break, they’ll continue discussions on a financial rescue of the beleaguered Detroit Public Schools. The state Senate and House have differing proposals. We talk with a key figure in the Senate measure, Republican Goeff Hansen, about what lies ahead.


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The State Board of Education is developing guidelines to make schools safer and more supportive for LGBTQ students, but the voluntary guidance is generating a backlash from GOP legislators who say it undermines parental rights and could compromise student safety.


Denby High School photo
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The Michigan Senate has passed a $720-million bailout for the troubled Detroit Public Schools. We talk with Skillman Foundation CEO Tonya Allen and MSU assistant professor Sarah Reckhow about what lies ahead for education in Detroit.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

A team of students at Williamston High School is building an electronic device that helps people with autism or neurological impairments open their lockers. We look at Williamston’s Project HANDL.


Scott Pohl / WKAR

As families deal with Flint’s ongoing water crisis, the work being done in the schools where they send their children might be more important than ever.

The Michigan State University College of Education has had a long relationship with Flint Community Schools, and that effort was boosted last week by a $2 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Judge Steven Rhodes
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan / flickr creative commons

Current State talks with Judge Steven Rhodes, the new transition manager of the public school system in Detroit.


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Courtesy photo / Rep. Frank Liberati

New legislation has been proposed that would restrict the use of seclusion and restraint of Michigan students to emergency situations only. We speak with the sponsor of one of the bills, State Representative Frank Liberati, and with Elmer Cerano, executive director of Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services.


We speak with a mid-Michigan art teacher about Youth Art Month about ways to be involved, even if your school has nixed arts education.


Maggie Hermanson and Zeria Cummings photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

TEDxMSU will be back on Wednesday. Scott Pohl talks with organizer Zeria Cummings and speaker Maggie Hermanson.


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