News Roundup
8:49 am
Thu January 26, 2012

In this morning's news...

Cyber Schools

The debate over K-through-12 cyber education is ramping up at the state Capitol. Laura Weber reports:

A state House panel is considering a measure that would allow more "cyber schools" to operate in Michigan. There are currently two cyber schools authorized in Michigan. Former state schools Superintendent Tom Watkins supports allowing more cyber schools to operate in the state. But he cautioned lawmakers to take careful consideration of how well individual schools are performing. Those opposed to more cyber schools in the state say not enough is known about their success rates. Governor Rick Snyder says he wants traditional public schools to incorporate more cyber-learning. But he has not called for more online-only schools.

Preparing for POTUS

President Obama is scheduled to speak about college affordability at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor tomorrow morning and “hundreds of students braved the darkness and cold weather to get tickets for President Obama's speech... Obama is scheduled to arrive in the Detroit area tonight as part of a tour promoting his 2012 economic policy goals,” the Associated Press reports. Michigan Radio will have live, special coverage of the President’s address tomorrow morning. The President’s speech is expected to begin shortly after 9:30 a.m.

That’s a WHOLE Lot of Candles

Michigan is celebrating a big birthday today… the state is turning 175. In 1837, Michigan became the 26th state to be admitted to the union. People are sending good wishes to the state via twitter using the hashtag #mibirthday and Governor Snyder has declared the day, “Michigan Statehood Day.” For a great historical read, check out Michigan Radio Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry’s piece on Michigan’s “boy governor” Stevens T. Mason.