Education

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A new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce finds Michigan is among the worst states when it comes to academic outcomes of black students compared to their white peers. We talk to MSU Associate Professor Dorinda Carter Andrews about what’s contributing to Michigan’s achievement gap and what can be done about it.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Free speech advocates have been voicing concerns over the impact of political correctness on college campuses. They say it’s inhibiting discussions of race and other important issues. We talk with an MSU College of Law professor Adam Candeub about the issue.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Gourmet food trucks are a cultural phenomenon. They’re an increasingly familiar sight on city streets and college campuses. There’s a new food truck hitting the streets in mid-Michigan soon, and this one is different. Current State's Kevin Lavery reports on the first food truck run by high school students in the state of Michigan.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

MSU has one of this year’s 32 Rhodes Scholars. Sarah Kovan has won several academic awards as captain of the Spartan women’s soccer team. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Kovan about her plans for spending two years at Oxford.


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Courtesy photo / Adrian College

Small liberal arts colleges around the country have been struggling to keep up enrollment, but Adrian College in southeast Michigan has managed to increase enrollment by investing in a multitude of sports programs. We talk to the president of Adrian College, Dr. Jeffrey Docking.


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MSU Professor Leo Zulu brings together rain forest conservation and social justice issues as part of Geography Awareness Week.

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MSU professor Elizabeth Mack talks with Current State’s Peter Whorf about the common misperceptions regarding the study of geography. That’s right, it’s Geography Awareness week here in Mid-Michigan and across the map!


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From La Niña to the dunes of Lake Michigan, MSU Geography professor and Chair Dr. Alan Arbogast ties it all together on Current State’s Geography Awareness Week series.


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Current State gets a view from space during Geography Awareness Week from astronaut and Ontario native Dr. Roberta Bondar.


Current State kicks of its Geography Awareness Week series. Peter Whorf talks with MSU professor Joe Darden.


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From Kindergarten through 12th grade, Michigan is adopting new standards for teaching science. One Lansing area educator supports the standards. Current State speaks with the Ingham Intermediate School District’s Rob Stephenson.


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Katie Cook / WKAR

A little bit of Paris is finding its way into the diverse mix of cultures in the Lansing area. Current State's Katie Cook talks to Gaëlle Cassin-Ross, founder of the new French immersion school Aux Petits Soins.

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A new report from Wayne State University suggests bullying is prevalent in Michigan schools, despite state mandated efforts. State Board of Education President John Austin calls the data “unacceptable.” We talk with Austin about bullying and the just released scores from the first ever M-STEP assessment.


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Courtesy photo / Bob Richards, Stockbridge High School

The Lemelson-MIT program awards a $10,000 grant to high school teams that invent technological solutions to real-world problems. This year, 14 schools received the grants, including Williamston and Stockbridge. Current State's Kevin Lavery visits both schools.


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Courtesy photo / Michigan State Senate Democrats

Legislation was introduced in Michigan last month that requires sex education courses to have more exhaustive conversations about the issue of consent. We speak with one of the bill’s sponsors, State Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr., about the legislation and how it would be implemented.


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