Education

HANDL photo
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.


Scott Pohl / WKAR

As families deal with Flint’s ongoing water crisis, the work being done in the schools where they send their children might be more important than ever.

The Michigan State University College of Education has had a long relationship with Flint Community Schools, and that effort was boosted last week by a $2 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Judge Steven Rhodes
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan / flickr creative commons

Current State talks with Judge Steven Rhodes, the new transition manager of the public school system in Detroit.


Frank Liberati photo
Courtesy photo / Rep. Frank Liberati

New legislation has been proposed that would restrict the use of seclusion and restraint of Michigan students to emergency situations only. We speak with the sponsor of one of the bills, State Representative Frank Liberati, and with Elmer Cerano, executive director of Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services.


We speak with a mid-Michigan art teacher about Youth Art Month about ways to be involved, even if your school has nixed arts education.


Maggie Hermanson and Zeria Cummings photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

TEDxMSU will be back on Wednesday. Scott Pohl talks with organizer Zeria Cummings and speaker Maggie Hermanson.


Architecture program photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

Architecture has a major diversity problem. Out of all the licensed professionals in the U.S., less than five percent identify as black or Latino. A new collaboration between the University of Michigan and Detroit Public Schools is trying to change that. We learn more about the Architecture Prep Program from Current State’s April Van Buren.

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Eric Norris / Flickr Creative Commons

Nearly 20 years ago, the Michigan legislature established Michigan Virtual University to promote online education. We learn more from MVU president and CEO Jamey Fitzpatrick.


Gary Naeyaert photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Republicans in Michigan’s House of Representatives have created an aggressive plan for fixing Detroit Public Schools. Critics complain that it weakens collective bargaining and delays a fully-elected school board. We talk with a charter school advocate who says the measures are worth a close look.


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Wikimedia Commons

The potential bankruptcy of Detroit Public Schools is dominating education headlines, but Michigan officials are trying to look beyond the current emergency and put the state on the track to becoming a top 10 education state by 2026. Current State talks to the president of the State Board of Education, John Austin, about what it will take to do that.


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Eboné Worthey / Energizing Education

We’ve talked about the importance of literacy on Current State before, but there’s a relatively new organization we haven’t yet heard from. Energizing Education was created to ensure all children in Jackson County are reading at or above grade level by the 4th grade. We speak with Program Manager Kriss Giannetti about the creative ways they help kids become strong readers.


David Arsen photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Education

The end is nearing for Michigan’s controversial Education Achievement Authority. With that and urgent Detroit Public Schools reforms being discussed in the legislature, where are we and what is the way ahead? We speak with Tonya Allen of the Coalition for the Education of Detroit Schoolchildren and MSU professor David Arsen, who has studied the EAA.


Christopher Hopwood photo
Courtesy photo / MSU Today

Does irritating, boorish behavior get on your nerves? If you’re a woman, you’re more likely to answer that question with a “yes” than a man is, according to a recent study led by an MSU psychology professor. We speak with professor Christopher Hopwood, who headed the study.


Darnell Earley photo
Michigan Municipal League / flickr creative commons

Were the recent “sickouts” staged by dozens of Detroit Public School teachers actually an illegal strike? 

Liz Wylegala photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

In 2013, the Lansing School District made national headlines when it axed its art and music teachers as part of a deficit reduction plan despite significant opposition from the community. Now, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing is hoping to fill the arts gap in Lansing Schools. Current State’s April Van Buren reports on the organization’s new artist-in-residence program.


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