Education

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Both WKAR and NPR are committed to education reporting you can find nowhere else. Every Tuesday on Morning Edition, Kevin Lavery tells you about the challenges and triumphs in turning around literacy here in Michigan. NPR also has an education unit, headed by native Michigander Steve Drummond, who talked about the importance of covering this topic with WKAR’s Reginald Hardwick.


Connect 4 Kids | WKAR In Your Community

Aug 6, 2018
Connect 4 Kids, Save the date! Monday, August 20th 2018, 9:30am-2:00pm, Lansing Center: 333 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48933
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Mon. Aug. 20, 9:30am-2pm at the Lansing Center | Connect 4 Kids is an event for children (K-12) to go back to school feeling great! 

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Detroit education officials are working to address shortfalls in the school district's special education program after audits found it's failing to meet student needs.

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Last fall, Melissa Wriggelsworth said she spent some of her own paycheck to purchase binders for all 18 of her students.

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Business leaders, teachers unions and school administrators have formed an unlikely alliance to improve Michigan's K-12 public education system by moving past shorter-term partisan fights that influence policymaking in the Capitol.

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Michigan's House Democrats want the state to provide full-tuition scholarships for community college students.

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Michigan's House passed its first school safety initiative since the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting on Tuesday, advancing the state's most sweeping campus security protocols yet.

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A colleagues of the late Michigan State Superintendent Brian Whiston is remembering him as a man of courage and conviction. 

 


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The concept of “going to school” usually involves hundreds of students congregating under the same roof, studying just feet away from each other. These days, a growing number of students are trying an alternative: virtual classes.  Online education has found fertile political soil in Michigan. However, new research suggests virtual schools run virtually unchecked, while delivering poor results.

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There was another walkout at a mid-Michigan high school Wednesday...but not for the reason you might expect. 

 


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This week, your children may be among thousands taking the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP.  It’s the yardstick the state uses to measure a student’s proficiency in math, science, social studies and language arts. 


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The 2018 Kids Count Data Book published by the Michigan League for Public Policy ranks Livingston County as the top county in Michigan for child well-being.  Education is a key factor in a child's quality of life.

 


Robin Pizzo, WKAR Director of Education
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WKAR's commitment to helping children learn in Michigan includes the addition of Robin Pizzo, our Director of Education. She talked with WKAR's Reginald Hardwick about her background and mission here at WKAR.


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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and other area elected leaders are scheduled to discuss how business and education can help develop a skilled workforce for the region.

2018 Kids Count in Michigan: A Michigan Where All Kids Thrive
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For more than a decade, proficiency skills among elementary students have been in steep decline, particularly in reading.  The 2018 Michigan Kids Count Data Book, released today by the Michigan League for Public Policy, sheds some light on the factors that influence a child's success in school. 


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