Education

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The fate of a number of low-performing Lansing schools is uncertain as the district awaits clarification about test scores from Michigan’s School Reform Office. We hear the thoughts of Lansing School Board President Peter Spadafore and state Rep. Andy Schor.


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Courtesy photo / Sharon Stratton

As public schools start getting ready to begin a new cycle, meet the new Michigan Art Teacher of the Year, Sharon Stratton. She teaches in Fennville, a west Michigan town with a population of less than 1,400.


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Katie Cook / WKAR

Young people are in charge of the "Edible Park" garden in Lansing's Hunter Park. Current State’s Katie Cook gets a tour.


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Courtesy photo / Detroit Public Schools

The Detroit Public Schools will get more than $600-million to begin paring down debt and to launch a new debt-free district. Current State talks with interim Superintendent Alycia Meriweather.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Soon, the Detroit Public Schools will consider hiring classroom teachers who haven’t earned teaching certificates. We hear from two critics of placing uncertified teachers in Detroit classrooms.


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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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Scott Pohl / WKAR

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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Katie Cook / WKAR

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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Ted Eytan / flickr creative commons

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.


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Andrew Jameson / Wikimedia Commons

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.


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