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Tensions could be high at Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting at Michigan State University.

Protestors plan to show up and continue their call for increased transparenc, and for Interim President John Engler’s resignation. These calls come amid repeated blowback in how the university has handled the fallout from Larry Nassar. Nassar is the former MSU sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.

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They may be tiny, but the honeybee is a powerful force for good in our environment.

Brian Peterson is a fifth-grade teacher in Rochester and the founder of Bees in the D, a nonprofit centered around urban beekeeping.

Peterson spoke with Stateside about how exactly he caught the bug for beekeeping, and how he's spreading his love for the pollinators around Southeast Michigan.

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Some of Michigan’s most influential business and education leaders say they plan to work together to improve the state’s education system.

The coalition officially unveiled Launch Michigan in Lansing today.

Doug Rothwell, the president and CEO of Business Leaders of Michigan, calls this a “transformational moment.”

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The Michigan Department of Education has added two "listen and learn sessions" about proposed social studies guidelines amid growing outcry over the changes.

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Opponents of changes to Michigan social studies curriculum were out in force at a public hearing Monday in Flint.

High school teachers, college professors, students and others turned out for the hearing.  

John Engler at the final MSU Board of Trustees meeting of the 2017/18 school year.
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Members of Michigan State University’s governing board are calling for interim president John Engler to resign.

That’s after the Chronicle of Higher Education published an email between Engler and aides in which he said Nassar survivor Rachel Denhollander was likely receiving a “kickback” from lawyers.

Trustees Brian Mosallam and Dianne Byrum released statements saying Engler needs to go.

Stateside 6.13.2018

Jun 13, 2018

Today on Stateside, State Senator Patrick Colbeck pushes to make thee state's social studies curriculum to be "politically neutral." Plus, the story of how Marshall, Michigan protected a black family from a group of Kentucky slave catchers. 

To hear individual interviews, click here or see below. 

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Gay rights, Roe v. Wade, climate change and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). These are just a few of the references that state Senator Patrick Colbeck and a group of conservative leaders hope to eliminate from K-12 public school social studies curriculum.

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A $57 billion spending plan that boosts base K-12 funding and road construction has been approved by the Michigan Legislature.

The budget, which takes effect in October, also closes a state prison, earmarks $100 million for Gov. Rick Snyder's plan to link students with in-demand jobs, and sets aside money to better secure some schools from shooters.

The House and Senate passed the two main bills Tuesday, on what is expected to be the Republican-led Legislature's last session day before a summer break.

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Despite their ongoing competition for students, the Detroit Public Schools Community District and charter schools will team up to provide some joint services for students and families.

The city’s newly-formed Community Education Commission will take on that task. Its first order of business: running a bus loop connecting six DPSCD and four charter schools on the city’s west side.

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The Detroit Public Schools Community District is revising its student code of conduct in order to keep more students in school after recording 16,000 suspensions last year.

The Detroit Free Press reports the initiative aims to be less punitive and more focused on teaching positive behavior and conflict resolution. The new code changes punishment guidance to address behavior through parent conferences or restorative practices.

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Michigan’s largest teachers’ union is asking state lawmakers to prevent a change in the way teachers are rated on job-performance

Starting in the fall, a greater percentage of an educator’s evaluation will rely on how well students perform on standardized tests.  The percentage will rise from 25% to 40%.  

David Crim is with the Michigan Education Association. He says standardized test scores are not a reliable way to judge teachers.

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Michigan school officials would be required to report “credible” threats to law enforcement under a proposed state law.

The state Senate Judiciary Committee approved Senate Bill 1032 this morning.

The bill would require school officials to report “credible” threats immediately to police. The threats could be verbal, non-verbal, or electronic.

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The Mackinac Island Policy Conference wraps up today. One of the people who spent some time on the island this week was University of Michigan President Dr. Mark Schlissel.

Stateside's Lester Graham spoke with Schlissel about what he wanted to get out of his time there, as well as the role of higher education in addressing statewide legislative priorities.

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A new report shows Michigan colleges and universities are graduating a greater percentage of their students.

The state’s Center for Educational Performance and Information has been tracking student “success” rates since 2009. 

The data show there has been incrementally improved graduation rates at Michigan’s community colleges and universities.

How can schools tap into a student's passion? How can businesses develop and retain talent?

And how can graduates make sure they have the skills that Michigan businesses, non-profits, and government needs? 

School districts across the state are working hard to answer these questions.

Innovation Central High School in Grand Rapids is one of those. 

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Detroit's public schools are closing early for a second-consecutive day because of hot weather.

The Detroit Public Schools Community District announced that classes would end three hours early on Wednesday after closing early on Tuesday as well. School field trips will be rescheduled. Updated information is being posted on the district's website.

Temperatures again were expected to rise to above 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius). The National Weather Service says severe thunderstorms also are possible this week.

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A recent report from the University of Michigan Poverty Solutions finds the state has one of the largest populations of homeless students in the country. 

The school district with the highest number of reported homeless students in the state is Kalamazoo Public Schools, the state's 13th largest district.

The district is composed of 26 schools with approximately 13,000 students. The UM report found 904 of those students reported experiencing homelessness. 

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Michigan State University is hiring a university official with unique experience to advise on the search of MSU’s new university president.  

The MSU Board of Trustees is hiring University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan to serve as an adviser to the presidential search.

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A new survey shows most Michigan high school students are not aware of a potential option after graduation.

A Michigan Talent Investment Agency survey found only 13% of high school students consider apprenticeships a good postsecondary career option.  

Roger Curtis is the director of Talent and Economic Development for the state of Michigan. He says, even among students who were aware of apprenticeship programs, most only associated them with construction jobs.

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New research from Michigan State University finds children develop language and literacy skills at a young age, in part due to their ability to “self-regulate.”

Self-regulation refers to a child’s ability to pay attention to tasks. 

Lori Skibbe is an associate professor in MSU’s Human Development and Family Studies department. She led a study of language and literacy skills among more than 300 children.

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Teachers at a Detroit charter school are demanding a new contract by the start of next month.

Teaching staff at Southwest Detroit Community School have been bargaining with charter management since the fall. Teachers, parents and union leaders made the case for a June 1 deadline at a school board meeting Wednesday night.

Stateside 5.22.2018

May 22, 2018

Today on Stateside, we discuss what it takes to get teens from foster care to college. Plus, a new report outlines five ideas to reverse the decline in Michigan education. And, we hear how Minneapolis-Saint Paul built true regional cooperation on the foundation of a powerful Metropolitan Council.

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The Education Trust-Midwest continues its quest to prod our state's leaders to do what is needed to improve our schools.

The nonpartisan research and advocacy organization is out with a new plan containing five specific ideas to reverse the decline in Michigan education and put the state on track to become a top-ten performer in education.

Stateside 5.21.2018

May 21, 2018

Today on Stateside, what's ahead as Detroit's school superintendent marks one year on the job? Plus, sports commentator John U. Bacon weighs in on the settlement between Michigan State and Larry Nassar survivors. And the merfolk are coming to South Haven.

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Nikolai Vitti is marking the one-year anniversary of becoming the superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

Erin Einhorn, editor for Chalkbeat Detroit, joined Stateside to break down Vitti's first year for us. 

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Howell High School's Jason Schrock is Michigan's Principal of the Year for 2018.

In 2000, Schrock joined Howell High School as a math teacher. After seven years, he became assistant principal, and for the last six years has been full on principal.

Leading by example and wanting to create a positive school climate he says, "The more I’ve read and learned and watched other leaders from across the state, in and out of education, I know that the direction and the culture of the organization -- the tone is set by the leader." 

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A new survey finds only a quarter of Michigan teachers think arming teachers will make students safer from gun violence.

The poll found 95% of teachers and support staff say schools need more funding for mental health services.

Paula Herbart is president of the Michigan Education Association, which commissioned the poll.  

"More counselors and social workers can work with students who are struggling with issues in and outside the classroom, and provide them with the support they need," says Herbart.

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Students graduating Saturday from a small Michigan college will hear from the Vice President of the United States.

Vice President Mike Pence will deliver the commencement address at Hillsdale College’s graduation.

Hillsdale College is influential in conservative political circles.  So it should come as no surprise that the small liberal arts school should be able to nab the vice president as its commencement speaker.

Pence is no stranger to the Hillsdale campus. 

John Engler at the final MSU Board of Trustees meeting of the 2017/18 school year.
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Michigan State University’s interim president, John Engler, says the school is “anxious” to settle lawsuits brought by the victims of Dr. Larry Nassar.

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