Stockbridge

Law
5:02 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Eco-protesters get probation in Enbridge pipeline protest

Protester Barbara Carter hugs a supporter after leaving the Ingham County jail. She and her fellow defendents were sentenced to 13 months probation.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

A judge has sentenced a trio of environmental activists to probation for their role in an oil pipeline protest near Stockbridge last July.

The protesters attached themselves to heavy equipment at the Enbridge pipeline work site.  They were convicted of trespassing and obstruction in January. 

The protesters could have faced up to two years in prison.

Protester Vicci Hamlin says she remains committed to the fight against Canadian tar sands oil. 

“I think that the more people that risk going to jail the more that things will change,” says Hamlin.

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Law
9:19 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Eco-protesters to be sentenced this week

On Wednesday, the judge may sentence the three defendants to up to two years in prison on the felony obstruction conviction.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

A trio of environmental activists will find out this week whether they will face prison time for a 2013 protest.

The three women were convicted in January of trespassing and obstruction charges. They and a fourth member of the group Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands attached themselves to heavy machinery to protest the installation of a new oil pipeline near Stockbridge.

The four did not detach themselves after being ordered to by law enforcement officers during the 2013 incident.

Education
10:54 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Stockbridge Series: Economic hardship makes college readiness mean something different

Technical and college prep courses are not mutually exclusive in Stockbridge.
Credit Logan Chadde

In the last piece in the Stockbridge series, State of Opportunity explores how the schools in Stockbridge, Michigan have in some ways a sad task in educating their youth.

Because Stockbridge is a rural village with very little economic opportunity, preparing kids to succeed often means preparing them to leave town.

Teachers and administrators at the high school there don't think it's enough to try to prepare their students for college. College is expensive, and though most of the kids will pursue higher education of one kind or another, paying for it can be tough. 

So teacher Duane Watson and a few others are heavily invested in technical education. Watson has three rooms he teaches in, to call them classrooms might give the wrong impression.  In one of them, the only desks are broken ones people hope his students will fix. 

The classroom is actually a garage and I was impressed three full cars could fit inside it before Watson corrected me.

“Four actually, and one compact utility tractor, a snowplow going on a truck, a completely student fabricated tandem-axle trailer, and an alternative fuel vehicle-a battery powered golf cart." He said as he laughed about the golf cart experiment.

This shop is part of a serious effort by Watson and the schools in Stockbridge to keep technical classes from slipping out of the curriculum, like they have at a lot of other places. Plenty of the equipment in the auto shop was donated by schools who shut their programs down.

Finish the story and listen to it and the work of the Stockbridge youth journalists at State of Opportunity.

Education
1:11 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

State of Opportunity: Is middle school worth the trouble?

Stockbridge's middle school has begun to implement programs to improve student behavior and build techinical skills.
Angie Eagle

Middle school can be a crucial turning point in a kid's education. It's a time when a student either chooses to succeed, or to stop believing in themselves all together.

Even though middle school stands at a very important crossroad in a student's education, it seems that almost everyone ignores it.

This is true even in a place like Stockbridge,  a small town in mid-Michigan town that takes pride in its school system.

Lately, their middle school has been craving more attention, just like many of the students it tries to educate.

Today, Sarah Alvarez from our State of Opportunity project takes a look at the current effects middle school has on the future outcome of students, and how staff and faculty at Stockbridge Middle School are working to improve student performance and success.

Read and Listen to the full story and other stories coming from the Stockbridge Series at State of Opportunity.

Education
9:40 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Stockbridge series: An educational experiment on the cheap

Heritage Exploratory Academy kids discussing their remote-operated vehicles
Credit Courtesy of Stockbridge Exploratory Academy

State of Opportunity's latest story takes you inside the Exploratory Academy at Stockbridge's Heritage Elementary. It's a hands on learning experiment where kids use their hands to build things like underwater robots or a "wax-works museum" full of historical figures. 

The Academy has been around since September, and so far results are good. Test scores are on track and Principal Jim Kelly says he's never had so many dads involved in school. 

And the best part, it hasn't cost the district any extra money. More on how this innovation got off the ground and if it's likely to be successful at State of Opportunity. 

Education
11:13 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Stockbridge series: High expectations for at-risk kids

Stockbridge's Smith Elementary uses a system of behavior and learning interventions keep expectations high and kids on track.
Credit Sarah Alvarez

Robin Lowe-Fletcher's son, Brenden, is considered an “at-risk” kid. But he’s also quick, engaging and funny. 

He was born with a cognitive impairment, which does make it harder for him to learn. His mom explains that Brenden was born with Down syndrome.

Brenden's special education status gets him the at-risk label. For those kids, economics, statistics, or in Brenden’s case, biology, work against them.

These kids are more likely to disengage from school and then have a really hard time living up to their potential. In Stockbridge what gets a lot of kids an at-risk label is economics. Over 40 percent of the kids qualify for free or reduced lunch. But that doesn’t mean their parents don’t want their kids to do well. 

The principal at Brenden's school, Michelle Ruh, has put a system in place she thinks will help all kids do well, even those with the "at-risk" label. It comes along with high expecations. At State of Opportunity we find out if this system is working for Brenden and the other kids at Stockbridge's elementary. 

Education
4:55 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Stateside: State of Opportunity looks at Stockbridge

Autumn Blakeman is a Stockbridge parent.
Logan Chadde Michigan Radio

The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

All this week, Michigan Radio is airing a special series of reports exploring the schools and the educational opportunities in Stockbridge, Michigan.  It's part of the “State of Opportunity” project.

Stockbridge is a village about mid-way between Ann Arbor and Lansing.  Like so many towns and villages around Michigan, the economy has taken a beating, industry has gone, and the school system is one of the few ways kids from Stockbridge can get a leg up.
 
Cindy talked with Sarah Alvarez from the “State of Opportunity” team about what can be learned from this rural town, and its efforts to make sure its kids get a great education, even in the face of shrinking state aid and a tough economy.

The Stockbridge series of reports will air during Morning Edition and All Things Considered all this week.  This is a part of Michigan Radio’s “State of Opportunity” project, looking at ways to break the cycle of poverty and build opportunities for Michigan’s most disadvantaged children.

State of Opportunity is funded by a great from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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Education
10:39 am
Mon February 11, 2013

State of Opportunity: A close look at a rural school district

A view of downtown Stockbridge. The village is one square mile, surrounded by 145 square miles of school district.
Credit Logan Chadde / Michigan Radio

Stockbridge is a village similar to many places around the state. The economy is tough, industry has gone, and the school system is one of few ways kids from the town can get a leg up.

All this week we're going inside this small town school district. Like a lot places, they're trying to make sure their kids have educational opportunity, even in the face of shrinking state aid and a tough economy.

Today's story is a look at how the district made a push over a decade ago to try to convince parents early childhood education was worth the expense. The district now educates over half of their incoming kindergarten class in their preschool program.

In addition to these daily stories, youth journalists from Stockbridge High School report on what educational opportunity and coming of age in rural Michigan looks like from their perspective. 

Find the whole series at State of Opportunity.