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Former Michigan Gov. John Engler will donate his salary while serving as Michigan State University's interim president amid fallout over now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar, who sexually assaulted female athletes.

The university's Board of Trustees said Wednesday that Engler's annual salary will be $510,399. His contract was finalized this week, but he agreed his salary would go back to the school in East Lansing.

His predecessor, Lou Anna Simon, resigned in January amid criticism of the university's handling of issues related to Nassar.

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Researchers at Michigan State University are gathering every scrap of information they can to develop a huge database on the African slave trade throughout the centuries. The project is called Enslaved.

University of Michigan alters "Michigan Time" policy

Feb 20, 2018
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The University of Michigan is set to end a long-standing tradition on May 1.

"Michigan Time" is the practice of starting classes, meetings, and events 10 minutes after the designated start time to allow for travel time across campus. In a release by the University Record, the practice will be updated at the start of the spring semester, although the majority of students will see the change for the fall term.

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A Detroit-area college will use a virtual cadaver to teach students how to perform human dissections.

The biology department at Henry Ford College in Dearborn will use an Anatomage Table as part of its curriculum for the winter 2018 semester.

The Anatomage Table cost $80,380 and was funded by a grant through the HFC Technology Investment Fund.

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Consumers Energy plans to become more environmentally friendly – while keeping customer bills stable.

The company rolled out its “Clean Energy Breakthrough Goal” Monday. It plans to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% and use zero coal by 2040. The company also plans to have more than 40% of its energy come from renewable sources and energy storage by that same deadline.

“In the past, people believed that we had to choose between affordable and clean energy,” said Consumers Energy CEO Patti Poppe. “We don’t subscribe to that sucker’s choice.”

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Michigan State University’s major governing body held its first official public meeting with interim president John Engler today.

The Board and Engler tried to keep the meeting "business as usual," although several members acknowledged calls by students and faculty to step down. 

At the end of the meeting, several students stood up with posters condemning the board and Engler.

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Michigan’s two U.S. Senators want universities that receive federal funding to certify they are properly handling sexual abuse investigations.

Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, along with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced “The Accountability of Leaders in Education to Report Title IX Investigations (ALERT) Act" this week.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law a change allowing charter schools to receive revenue from certain voter-approved property tax hikes.

The taxes go to counties' traditional school districts on a per-student basis, on top of their state funding. The new law lets charters get a share of the extra local funding. Charters will only benefit when existing millages are renewed or new millages are approved.

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Michigan State University wants to change up its health systems structure. In an effort to streamline the school and increase communication among colleges, the university plans to create two new oversight positions.

Norman Beauchamp is currently the dean of the College of Human Medicine. He is expected to become the newly created associate provost and assistant vice president for health affairs. That job will be focused on finding ways to improve safety and quality practices across all of MSU’s health care services.

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The Michigan State University Faculty Senate passed a vote of no confidence in the schools’ Board of Trustees Tuesday.

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The state House may vote this week on a package of bills that would expand the state’s college savings program to include some K through 12 expenses.

Michigan’s Education Saving Program was created to help families save for college, with tax-free accounts.  

But the proposed changes would allow money to be spent on primary and secondary school costs, including some expenses at non-public schools.

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A new poll shows most Michigan parents have doubts about the education their children are getting.

Ed Sarpolus, with Target Insyght, says pollsters asked the opinions of 1,000 parents of children in traditional and charter public schools, private schools and home schools. 

He says only 12% say current teaching practices in Michigan are meeting the needs of their children.

“They’re not confident that the methods being taught now do help their children succeed. Not only in class but also in life,” says Sarpolus.

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Some lawmakers in Lansing want to use an A through F grading system to rate schools in some categories.

This isn’t the first time an A through F system has been considered. Lawmakers say it’s an easy way to show how schools are doing.

But recently, the state adopted a system that shows a lot of details about each public school. A new bill would keep that system but include A through F grades for some things.

Brian Love is a parent from Detroit. He says parents need an easy way to determine if a school is good for their kids.

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Student loans help millions get their college degrees.

But critics say our rigid, outdated system for paying back those loans is causing too many people to fall behind or default. 

People borrow for higher education all over the world. Who's doing it better and how?

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The business leaders who unsuccessfully pitched Detroit to Amazon are now being asked to make a similar commitment to public education.

Billionaire Dan Gilbert and top Michigan businessmen made every effort to convince Amazon to put its second headquarters in the Motor City.  They failed.

Amazon left Detroit off its short list.  The web giant cited problems with Michigan’s “talent” pool pipeline, including Kindergarten through 12th grade. 

But a coalition consisting of students, educators and civic leaders see an opportunity.

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State lawmakers are considering dropping one requirement for a professional teaching certificate in Michigan that everyone agrees is a needed skill.

In order to get their professional certificate, veteran Michigan teachers need to pass a reading disability diagnostics course. The intent is to train teachers to assist struggling students to read at grade level.

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DETROIT  - Detroit philanthropist Gretchen Valade has given more money to boost jazz studies at Wayne State University.

The Detroit school announced Monday that Valade, a board member of Carhartt Clothing and granddaughter of its founder, pledged $2 million for an additional performance space in the future Gretchen Valade Jazz Center. Wayne State is using the money to update its current Studio Theatre in the Hilberry Theatre.

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Seventeen-year-old Madison Horton is a student at the International Academy of Macomb. She’s also endured multiple surgeries to remove skin cancers.  As a result, sunscreen is a big part of her life.

But Horton says she was surprised to learn other Michigan students are not allowed to apply sunscreen at school.

When she testified last week before the House Education Reform committee, Horton equated sunscreen with Epi-pens, which are allowed.

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This week, Gov. Snyder rolls out his final budget plan.

He’s promised more money for K-12 education.   

In his State of the State address last month, Snyder promised the largest increase in minimum per pupil funding in 15 years. We’ll find out exactly how much that will be when his budget plan is delivered to state lawmakers on Wednesday.

Michigan teachers will be closely watching.

The Michigan Education Association calls news media reports saying the governor will propose a $233 increase “promising.”

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Michigan State University has yet to comply with a week old demand from Special Counsel in the Attorney General's office for physical evidence.

Last Saturday, the Special Counsel investigating how MSU handled sexual abuse allegations against former sports doctor Larry Nassar demanded immediate production of physical items belonging to William Stampel.

Stampel was dean of MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine where Nassar worked, and reached and agreement with Nassar on new protocols the doctor must follow after complaints in 2014.

Hundreds gather to voice opposition to MSU

Feb 2, 2018
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The pressure on Michigan State University to overhaul its administration continued last night. Hundreds gathered to voice their opposition and frustration with the school in a townhall-style event.

Students, especially, yelled and cried as they told a Board of Trustee member that the school isn’t listening to them. That they don’t feel safe on campus.

Stateside 2.1.2018

Feb 1, 2018

Today on Stateside, we hear why Michigan nurses are pushing back against understaffing and mandatory overtime. And, we discuss a Detroit Free Press report that the University of Michigan invests billions in firms run by alumni and advisers.

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The University of Michigan is not just a leader in educating its students. It’s also a leader in raising money.

The school has raised billions of dollars, to the point where its endowment stands at about $11 billion right now.

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The heads of  Eastern Michigan University's faculty and lecturer unions are blaming bad management decisions for the school's multi-million dollar budget shortfall.

They are criticizing the more than 60 non-faculty job cuts that EMU President James Smith recently announced to deal with this year's unanticipated deficit.

Smith said this year's budget gap is estimated to be between $4.5 and $5.5 million, and is due to the number of actual student credit hours being lower than had been projected.

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Former Governor John Engler spent his first day as interim president of Michigan State University dealing with campus controversy over the appointment.

It’s been one week since long-time MSU president Lou Anna Simon stepped down in the face of criticism over how the school handled complaints of sexual abuse by former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar.

The university’s board of trustees voted unanimously in favor of Engler. But both students and faculty voiced opposition to the choice. They said a politician with no academic leadership experience was not the way to go.

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HUDSONVILLE, Mich. - A western Michigan school district has changed how it handles the First Amendment after a civil rights group complained that some teachers' religious activities violated the U.S. Constitution.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that principals and administrators from Hudsonville Public Schools will undergo an Establishment Clause workshop in March. The Establishment Clause says public schools can't endorse or sponsor religious activities.

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It is the most challenging time in the history of Michigan State University.

As MSU becomes the focus of a cascade of allegations regarding sexual abuse on campus, including accusations against members of the football and basketball teams, the school is also on a high-speed search for an interim president following the resignation of Lou Anna K. Simon.

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Grant funding is being extended for a program in Detroit that supports a business startup accelerator for students.

TechTown's Detroit Technology Exchange Business Incubator will receive a $250,000 extension. The funding is part of more than $1.7 million in extensions approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund.

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is considering whether to launch an inquiry into Michigan State University in the wake of the sentencing of one of the school's sports doctors who sexually assaulted women and girls.

Michigan State names acting president

Jan 26, 2018
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Michigan State University has named its vice president to serve as acting president in the wake of Lou Ann Simon's resignation over the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal.

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