reading en Amazon: Ann Arbor ranks in top 10 most well-read cities <p>It's finally summertime – time to relax on that lawn chair out in the sunshine and read a good book.&nbsp;</p><p> has published its fourth annual list of the most well-read cities in America, and Ann Arbor is ranked sixth.</p><p>The ranking is determined by compiling sales data of all books, magazines, and newspapers, &nbsp;published in print or online.&nbsp;</p><p>At the top of the list is Alexandria, Virginia, followed by Miami, Florida and Knoxville, Tennessee. Ann Arbor is followed by other college towns, like Berkeley, California, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:55:08 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17672 at Amazon: Ann Arbor ranks in top 10 most well-read cities Report: Michigan's low-income 4th-graders need to improve their reading proficiency <p>A new report finds Michigan’s poorest children have failed to make up any ground in their reading skills in the past decade.</p><p></p><p>According to the latest Kids Count report, 81% of low-income 4th-graders in Michigan are not reading proficiently. Michigan is among six states that have seen no improvement in that rate since 2003.</p><p></p><p>Jane Zehnder-Merrell is the project director for Kids Count Michigan. She says fourth grade is a pivotal age, since that’s where children stop learning to read and start reading to learn.</p><p></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16201 at Report: Michigan's low-income 4th-graders need to improve their reading proficiency Lawmakers, educators work toward compromise on bills that would flunk some 3rd graders <p>Lawmakers are working out the details of <a href="">a proposal that would flunk Michigan students who can’t read </a>at “proficient” levels by the end of the third grade.</p><p>Many in the education community are opposed to the legislation, including The Michigan Association of School Boards, Michigan Association of School Administrators, the American Federation of Teachers.<br /><br />The Michigan Association of Public School Academies supports it.</p> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:07:26 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16085 at Lawmakers, educators work toward compromise on bills that would flunk some 3rd graders The 'read-or-flunk' law proposes holding back students not reading at grade level <p>What happens when a child is struggling to read at his or her grade level?</p><p>In too many cases, the student moves up a grade anyway and the struggle continues, resulting in high school graduates who are poor, ineffective readers. And that can impact that student's chances of going to college and then getting a job that provides a good level of pay over a lifetime.</p><p>There's a package of bills sponsored by Holland Republican Representative Amanda Price now working through the State that tries to tackle this problem. It's called the "read-or-flunk law."</p><p>In a nutshell, if third-grade kids aren't reading, hold them back.</p><p>Ron French reported on the pros and cons of these bills for <a href="">Bridge Magazine</a>, and he joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:17:59 +0000 Stateside Staff 15603 at The 'read-or-flunk' law proposes holding back students not reading at grade level Three Michigan books to read this fall <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We&#39;ve welcomed autumn here in Michigan, many of us with open arms. It is a beautiful season in our state.</span></p><p>And one of the pleasures of changing seasons is being able to talk with poet and writer Keith Taylor.</p><p>Keith joined us today with his picks for our autumn reading, books set-in Michigan written by Michigan authors. This time, he focused on writing from the Upper Peninsula.</p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 21:06:16 +0000 Stateside Staff 14750 at Three Michigan books to read this fall Stateside for Monday, July 1st, 2013 <p>Michigan is leading the nation in small business loans. It seems like good news on the surface, but are there economic consequences for so many new start-ups?</p><p>And author Keith Taylor stopped by to give us his picks for summer-time reads. His choices might just surprise you.</p><p>Also we began a week-long series of stories here on Stateside where we'll hear from immigrants about what America means to them. Today's story came from a young woman who lives at the Salvation Army's Teen Parent Center in Grand Rapids.&nbsp;</p><p>And, we found out how one couple is trying to bring goodness to communities by baking pies.</p><p>Also, we welcomed Interlochen Public Radio listeners to Stateside!&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listeners from Traverse City to </span>Manistee<span style="line-height: 1.5;">; Harbor Springs to </span>Ludington<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, joining in on the conversations and issues that matter to all of us as </span>Michiganders<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Together, we'll explore breaking news and better understand policy issues, and we'll discover stories and meet people from every corner of our state.</span></p><p>First on the show, Governor Snyder continues his travels around the state today in southeast Michigan to push for an expansion of Medicaid. Governor Snyder wants to expand the program – using federal funds – to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults.</p><p>Snyder has criticized fellow Republicans in the Senate for leaving Lansing for their summer recess without voting on the measure. The state House had already approved the legislation.</p><p>Governor Snyder joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 21:19:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 13329 at Stateside for Monday, July 1st, 2013 Detroit Schools celebrate, seek volunteer readers <p>DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Public Schools is looking for more volunteer readers.<br><br>Reading Corps Week in Detroit begins Monday and runs through Friday. The district is planning a rally and training Saturday at Renaissance High School as part of its Reading Corps program.<br><br>Education, city and business leaders who have served as reading tutors will participate in the rally. Nearly 900 people have volunteered to help tutor Detroit students as part of the program.<br><br>New volunteers will be trained at the rally.<br> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 15:05:00 +0000 The Associated Press 11391 at Stateside: NWS founder Doug Stanton helps put literary spotlight on Traverse City <p>Since 2009, readers&nbsp;from&nbsp;across the country&nbsp;have been&nbsp;making their way&nbsp;to downtown Traverse City&nbsp;for&nbsp;an opportunity to get to know&nbsp;some of the most celebrated authors and&nbsp;story-tellers&nbsp;of our time.</p><p>Now heading into its fourth year, the&nbsp;<a href="">Traverse City National Writers Series</a>, founded by&nbsp;Traverse City native&nbsp;Doug Stanton,&nbsp;has nearly doubled the amount of authors featured, according to their website.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 21:43:09 +0000 Stateside Staff 9267 at Stateside: NWS founder Doug Stanton helps put literary spotlight on Traverse City Commentary: Walking 'Ink Trails' <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" size="2"><font size="4">Normally at this time of day I talk to you about some current political or economic shenanigans. And I could talk today about the continuing election-rigging scandal in Grand Rapids, or about the rising unemployment rate across the state.</font></font></p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:38:18 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 8792 at Commentary: Walking 'Ink Trails' Illiteracy and its effects on our society <p>It&rsquo;s one of the most fundamental parts of our daily lives. Something you have probably taken for granted.<br /><br />It&#39;s the ability to read.<br /><br />In the United States, more than 40 percent of adults with very low literacy live in poverty.<br /><br />One in five Americans read below the level needed to earn a living wage.<br /><br />And more than 70 percent of the U.S. prison population cannot read above a fourth grade level.</p><p>In collaboration with WBEZ&#39;s Front &amp; Center project, Michigan Radio peels back the layers of low-literacy.<br /><br />In our hour-long show, we explore the impacts that illiteracy has on our communities and what literacy, in an every changing digital world, will really mean in our future.<br /><br />Literacy is a big issue of concern for our educational system. Illiteracy can prevent people from filling out a job application or earning living wage. It also affects your civic participation.</p><p>Take a listen to our show using the &quot;listen&quot; button above, and share your thoughts with us! Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:54:13 +0000 Zoe Clark & Jennifer White 7871 at Illiteracy and its effects on our society "Arc of Justice" chosen for statewide reading program <p>High school students from Detroit to Marquette will be participating in this year&rsquo;s <a href="">Great Michigan Read</a>, a free, statewide book club put on by the <a href="">Michigan Humanities Council</a>.</p> Sun, 04 Sep 2011 19:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 4022 at "Arc of Justice" chosen for statewide reading program Teacher wants young people, especially boys, to read <p>Young people are not reading like they used to, at least that&rsquo;s what one teacher has recently observed. Jeff Kass teaches creative writing at Pioneer High School and Eastern Michigan University. He also runs the <a href="">Neutral Zone&rsquo;s</a> literary arts program in Ann Arbor.</p><p>Kass says about half of the kids in his classes are not reading in their free time and he adds it&rsquo;s noticeably worse with boys. That bothers Kass, who says it&rsquo;s vital that young people read.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Reading is incredibly important in terms of developing empathy between people and understanding other cultures and other people&rsquo;s insights. I mean people have to read. Boys have got to read and we cannot give up on them! I think we have to go after boys where they live, and find out what are their fears, insecurities, hopes, dreams? We&rsquo;ve got to write the literature that speaks to them and gets to the heart of what&rsquo;s really on their minds.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>He&rsquo;s so jazzed up on this notion that he wrote a book of short stories called <a href="">&ldquo;Knuckleheads.&rdquo;</a> The stories take a look at what it means to be a guy growing up in America. Kass had a specific young person in mind while writing the book.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I hope that kid in the back of my classroom who just wants to put his head down on the desk, who hides in his hooded sweatshirt is going to pick this book up and recognize something about himself in there and maybe that will allow him to reach out to some other stories and think about literature as a place to go to learn and grow. I mean, I just want my boys to be better. I want them to be happier, I want them to understand themselves and forgive themselves for some of the idiotic things we do as boys growing up.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>But Kass says these stories are for everyone. He wants girls and women to read the book, too. In fact he&rsquo;d love to see this book go to high schools and colleges everywhere, and inspire conversations and of course, more reading. &ldquo;Knuckleheads&rdquo; by Jeff Kass will be released Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m. at The Neutral Zone in Ann Arbor. Sun, 27 Mar 2011 22:33:50 +0000 Kyle Norris 1804 at Teacher wants young people, especially boys, to read