Education

Robin Pizzo, WKAR Director of Education
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WKAR's commitment to helping children learn in Michigan includes the addition of Robin Pizzo, our Director of Education. She talked with WKAR's Reginald Hardwick about her background and mission here at WKAR.


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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and other area elected leaders are scheduled to discuss how business and education can help develop a skilled workforce for the region.

2018 Kids Count in Michigan: A Michigan Where All Kids Thrive
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For more than a decade, proficiency skills among elementary students have been in steep decline, particularly in reading.  The 2018 Michigan Kids Count Data Book, released today by the Michigan League for Public Policy, sheds some light on the factors that influence a child's success in school. 


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More than two million children live in Michigan.  Their health, education and overall well-being depends largely on where in this state they live.  The  2018 Kids Count Data Book takes a look at how Michigan kids are faring.  

 

WKAR's Scott Pohl and Kevin Lavery review the findings of the 2018 Michigan Kids Count Data Book.

Head shot of Robyne Muray
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Ten Michigan educators have been named as 2018-19 Regional Teachers of the Year and will comprise the 2018-19 Michigan Teacher Leadership Advisory Council, a group of teachers dedicated to sharing a teacher’s voice in education discussions throughout the state. WKAR’s Katie Cook spoke with Robyne Muray, who was selected as one of the ten, and teaches in the Lansing School District.

 

 


Kevin Lavery
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This week, we’re starting a new reporting focus on education.. We are digging deeper into the numbers, searching for solutions and giving parents, educators and students a voice while holding leaders accountable.


On the April 14-15 edition: WKAR's new education initiatives; the real cost of food waste; new Shingles vaccine; perspective of a submarine pilot; the new Wharton Center season & a new film showing how MSU helped racially integrate college football.


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Michigan students aren’t doing well nationally in areas like reading and math. That’s according to results on a nationwide test. Meanwhile, the state is focused on increasing skilled trades training.


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Michigan's law enforcement and education leaders called Thursday for the Legislature to spend $100 million a year to staff schools with more police and counselors in light of last month's massacre at a Florida high school.

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has rescheduled its training academies for people interested in serving as instructors for the off-road vehicle safety education program.

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Michigan legislators and the governor's office are roiling over two gun-control measures: arming trained teachers and removing guns from individuals with mental health symptoms.

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Two vacancies on the Lansing Board of Education will be filled tonight. The board lost two members in recent weeks. Peter Spadafore resigned following his election to the Lansing city council, and Shirley Rodgers passed away.


Gov. Rick Snyder is seeking to boost base funding for most of Michigan's public schools by the largest dollar amount in more than 15 years.

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Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday touted Michigan's economic and fiscal gains under his watch, saying his tenure has had its "ups and downs" but that the state is in better shape than before he took office.

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Governor Rick Snyder can expect a controversial bill on his desk soon. Lawmakers passed legislation to send more money to charter schools Tuesday. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth has more.


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