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WKAR-Kevin Lavery

The trees are starting to look very stark in Michigan these days as autumn digs in. Many “snowbirds” are thinking about escaping to more pleasant climates, including a team of young engineers from rural Stockbridge in Ingham County. Stockbridge High School has a robotics team which for the past three years has traveled to the tropical island of Palau to use their machines to search for lost history.

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Education officials in Michigan are crunching the numbers this month, following the statewide student “Count Day” back on October 1. The bi-annual count determines the state’s per pupil funding allocation. Obviously, it’s in every school district’s best interest to turn out as many students as possible on that single day. But teachers and administrators across the state continue to struggle to fund mandatory programs. Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of rhetoric on the campaign trail about school funding. But what story does the data show?

Bridge magazine finds Michigan students falling behind

Oct 9, 2014
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From expanding charter schools to implementing high-stakes teacher evaluations, states across the country are testing out new reforms to improve student outcomes. Many of those states are seeing results, but Michigan isn’t one of them. It’s scores on national assessments have flatlined, and in some areas, fallen below the national average.

Mental health pioneer advocates early intervention

Oct 7, 2014
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According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 40-percent of adults with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe depression received no treatment in the previous year. This comes at an enormous cost to the sufferers and their families, as well as to society at large, to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars annually.

Industry funded research poses ethical dilemmas

Oct 6, 2014
http://www.lymanbriggs.msu.edu/

Federal funding for scientific research, in everything from energy to biomedical science, has flatlined in recent years. Some scientists worry that means the U.S. will fall behind other countries in scientific and technological advancements. But it also means an increasing share of the nation’s research is done by industry.

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The 3-million member National Education Association has a new president, and she was in East Lansing yesterday. Lily Eskelsen Garcia took office on September 1st. Her trip to East Lansing was devoted to pushing for not only organized labor, but also for making higher education affordable.

MSU aims to boost low income students' success

Sep 25, 2014
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Higher education has long been seen as a ticket out of poverty for low-income students. And in today’s competitive work environment, a college degree is more important than ever for securing a place in the middle class. The number of low-income students enrolling at four year schools has grown around 20-percent over the past several decades. But while more of those kids are making it to college, graduating is still a struggle.

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State superintendent of public instruction Mike Flanagan has said that he will hold the authorizers of charter schools in Michigan accountable for the performance of the schools.

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The downtown Lansing branch of the Capital Area District Library opened 50 years ago. To celebrate, there’s a 50th birthday event Sunday afternoon at 1:30. You’ll be able to meet with staffers past and present, learn about its architecture, and see what’s been changed over the years if you haven’t been there in a while.

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Public school students in Michigan have been back in class for three weeks now. Some kids have been back even longer. Educators and law enforcement groups are capitalizing on the fresh school year to launch a new statewide safety initiative.  It’s called “OK2SAY.”

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Dr. Hakan Yildiz is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at MSU’s Eli Broad College of Business. He's the first guest in Current State’s new Profiles series, a monthly extended interview feature with educators, artists, actors and other cultural figures in our community.

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This is usually the time of year where recent college graduates are beginning to settle into their first job after graduation. For many, if they’re lucky, the job is a stepping stone or an entry into a lifelong career. But more recent graduates are now taking a gap year after they graduate college and are getting involved with international volunteer opportunities, a practice also referred to as “voluntourism.”

Study pegs Eastern HS rehab at $45 million

Sep 19, 2014
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Stakeholders in the Lansing School District are looking over an interesting and potentially important new study. A national real estate firm, Jones Lang Lasalle, has just submitted an analysis of key buildings in the district. It will be used to determine how to right-size and modernize school facilities in Lansing.

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is launching a new program aimed at helping veterans re-enter the work force.

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Universities across the U-S are settling into the fall semester. Here in Michigan, a large amount of their research focuses on biomedicine and life sciences. The bulk of federal funding for these pursuits comes from the NIH, the National Institutes of Health. But the NIH has had its budget squeezed in recent years, and times are tough for scientists facing intense competition for dwindling dollars.

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