Education

The importance of early childhood reading is discussed by WKAR’s Brooke Allen and Michigan Library Youth Educator Cathy Lancaster.  Michigan’s “one book” for March reading month is Lisa Wheeler’s Bubblegum, Bubblegum

 

 

 

 

UPDATED AT 6:45 a.m. - Strong winds on Wednesday caused power outages around the Lansing area. As a result, a number of schools are without electricity and will be closed today, including East Lansing schools.

In Lansing, Averill, Lewton, North, Post Oak, Fairview, Woodcreek and Elmhurst schools are closed. Cole Academy,  the Greater Lansing Islamic School and the El-Shabazz Academy are also closed.

Grand Ledge schools are also closed today, as is St. Gerard School.

There's no school today at Elmwood Elementary in the Waverly school district.

Lobbyist Naeyaert resigns in wake of remarks

Mar 7, 2017
Gary Naeyaert, during a radio interview
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A well-known Michigan lobbyist has resigned in the wake of recent remarks he made that triggered controversy.

The board of the Great Lakes Education Project--a school choice advocacy group--accepted Gary Naeyaert’s resignation Tuesday.

Last week, Naeyaert told a gathering of the Senate Education committee that he wanted to “shake” Michigan School Reform Officer Natasha Baker “like I like to shake my wife” for admitting her office was unable to hold persistently failing schools accountable.

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Gov. Rick Snyder says the state will wait until May at the earliest to decide whether to close any of the state’s lowest-performing schools.

Students in Michigan and Ohio retire to new homes

Feb 24, 2017
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Three Western Michigan University graduate students moved into their on-campus apartments at the beginning of the fall semester. The campus on which they are living, though, is not Western Michigan's. And their neighbors are not college students — at least they have not been for a long time.

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Today’s MSU Trustees meeting was tumultuous, with calls to do more to prevent sexual assaults on campus and for President Lou Anna Simon to resign over allowing controversial Breitbart News writer Milo Yiannopoulos to speak on campus last year.


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Michigan State Police say dozens of schools around the state will get a share of about $2 million to improve safety and security at school buildings.

DeVos vote polarizes Michigan education advocates

Feb 6, 2017
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After narrowly making it out of a US Senate committee, the confirmation of U.S. Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos is scheduled for a full Senate vote early this week.

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Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos has advanced towards final confirmation by the U.S. Senate.  The Vice President of East Lansing's school board shares her comments.

Yesterday's U.S. Senate Education Committee vote resulted in a 12-11 approval of Michigan nominee Betsy DeVos.

The vote was divided along party lines with all 11 Democrats on the Senate Health and Education Committee opposed to DeVos.  The committee's 12 Republicans voted for approval.

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Lawmakers are considering a repeal of a law that allows the state to shut down low-performing schools.

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A U.S. Senate Education Committee has voted 12 to 11 to advance Michigan's Betsy DeVos for  Education Secretary.

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The Lansing School Board chose Rachel Lewis as their president earlier this year.

 

Lewis has been on the board since 2011 and served as Vice President in 2016.

 

 


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Michigan State University’s newest Rhodes Scholar began her studies at Oxford last fall. Sarah Kovan is now in her second term there.


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Is it a school?  Is it a bus?  Is it a school bus?  The answer to all those questions is yes -- sort of.


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Unionized teachers in the Waverly School District are weighing their next move in the wake of Monday’s abruptly ended school board meeting.  The  teachers are now in their sixth month without a contract.

Union crisis chairperson Gini Larson calls the board’s sudden exit “dismissive,” though board members say they legally called a motion to adjourn.  The union is fighting for set class sizes, a less arduous advancement scale and changes to teacher insurance contributions.  Larson says she believes the community itself will advance the teachers’ cause.

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