Education

Curtis Hertel Jr. photo
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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RONg / flickr creative commons

An east Michigan public school official supports the right of licensed gun owners to conceal carry in schools. Current State talks with Clio Community Schools Superintendent Fletcher Spears about guns in schools.


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Courtesy photo / MSU Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering

Michigan State University will hire 100 new faculty members to embark on a long-term effort to expand its scientific research profile. We talk with MSU’s Dr. Steven Hsu, Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies, and Dr. Andrew Christlieb, chair of the new Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering.


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Angela Waters Austin / One Love Global

Lansing is one of about 200 cities that's taken up the White House's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative. We talk about the future of the My Brother's Keeper program in Lansing with Angela Waters Austin, director of the non-profit group One Love Global, and Men Making a Difference founder Andrew Brewer.


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Jamie Paisley / WKAR

The Michigan Art Education Association has named the Michigan Art Teacher of the Year and she’s from right here in Mid-Michigan. Current State talks with Kerry Shadbolt of Williamston High School, who received the honor this weekend in Grand Rapids.


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Courtesy photo / MSU College of Education

The National Science Foundation has awarded MSU a grant that will allow them to study and test the best ways to improve science learning in schools. We speak with principal investigator for the project Barbara Schneider.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Lansing Board of Education has wrapped up a series of public forums on a multi-million dollar bond proposal that will go before voters next year. We talk with the president of the Board of Education, Peter Spadafore about what voters have had to say about the Pathway Promise plan.


Public schools are required by federal law to educate students with disabilities, but some advocates and parents say many schools are failing when it comes to behavior management for those children.


A program this weekend in Lansing teaches the basics of building a micro-business to youth aged 13 and older. It’s organized by the Lansing community organization, the NorthWest Initiative. Current State talks with Executive Director Peggy Vaughn-Payne.


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University of Michigan Library / flickr creative commons

The University of Michigan has reached a settlement with a male student it once expelled, throwing out its original ruling that he had non-consensual sex with a female student. The attorney representing the unnamed plaintiff has blasted the settlement and the school’s original investigation. Current State speaks with attorney Douglas Fierberg about university investigations of sexual misconduct.


A state history publication once ended by budget cuts is back with a new look and a new focus. We talk with Nancy Feldbush and Amy Bradfield of the Historical Society of Michigan. They’re co-editors of Michigan History for Kids magazine.


New MI podcast spotlights women in tech

Sep 14, 2015
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Courtesy image / Diva Tech Talk

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about how to get girls interested in the STEM fields. One solution? Hearing the stories of women already doing great things in the tech world. Current State talks with the Michigan women who founded the new podcast "Diva Tech Talk", which aims to do just that.


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Michigan Lt. Governor / Flickr Creative Commons

Anthony Ianni of Okemos played basketball at Michigan State. Current Sports host Al Martin talks with him about his efforts to promote greater understanding of people on the autism spectrum.


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WKAR/Kevin Lavery

Thousands of students are returning to Michigan State University for the start of fall classes.  Current State’s Kevin Lavery captures some of the sounds and emotions of the back to school move-in.

Thousands of returning and first-time students have arrived at Michigan State University for the start of the fall semester.  For several days, many have been moving into their dorm rooms.  Current State’s Kevin Lavery caught up with a few students and parents caught up in the moment. 

 

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Courtesy photo / Julian Samora Research Institute

Michigan’s Latino population has grown more than 40-percent in the last 15 years. A new Michigan State University report studies socioeconomic factors affecting the well-being of various Latino communities. Current State talks with Dr. Rubén Martinez, director of the Julian Samora Research Institute, about their findings.


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