Kevin Lavery

Education Reporter

Kevin Lavery is WKAR's Education reporter. In 2018, he began a year-long focus on the challenges of improving literacy in Michigan schools.  He also reports general assignment stories, produces news features and interviews for Current State and serves as an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."

Prior to coming to WKAR in 2006, Lavery was a reporter at KWMU (St. Louis Public Radio), covering local politics, government, and biotechnology issues.

Lavery's journalism career began in the U.S. Navy. He studied journalism at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana; worked as news director and television producer for American Forces Network-Japan; and served in Antarctica as radio program director at the McMurdo Station Research Facility on Ross Island.

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Courtesy / Steve Netzley / Facebook

The leader of a small mid-Michigan school district is taking some leave to serve his country.  Ithaca Public Schools Superintendent Steve Netzley is a soldier in the Michigan Army National Guard.


portrait: Reginald Hardwick

This is a bittersweet day for us here at WKAR.  Our friend and colleague Reginald Hardwick is spending his last day with us as our Digital News Director.  Reginald has led our news department for about two and a half years…and he’s leaving us a better team than he found us.





Michigan Capital

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a $59 billion state budget.  She issued 147 line-item vetoes to block a series of Republican-supported measures.  Kevin Lavery and Cheyna Roth discuss the School Aid budget.

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

In the 1960’s, Interstate 496 changed the city of Lansing.  Starting in 1963, hundreds of homes and businesses in the heart of the city’s African-American neighborhood were demolished to make room for the highway.  Many people who were displaced came from families who’d moved to Lansing to find careers in the auto industry.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University has dedicated a new business education center. 


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

In some Michigan communities, getting a post-secondary education feels like a distant dream.  That's why more than 50 recent college graduates are working in high schools across the state to help those students reach their goal.


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pkaychelle / Flickr


The Michigan School Aid budget is a step closer to completion.  A state legislative conference committee has approved a more than $15 billion plan that now moves to the full House and Senate.


Yvonne Caamal Canul
Lansing School District

The head of the Lansing Public Schools is calling it a career.  Friday was the last day on the job for Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The 2019 school year is well underway…but Michigan superintendents are still waiting for state lawmakers to pass a final education budget. 


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The city of Lansing marked the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks Wednesday with a solemn ceremony to remember the victims. 


Michigan Capital

Michigan lawmakers may be moving closer to a final K-12 education budget. 


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

A newly renovated performing arts school in Lansing is back open for business. 



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File Photo / WKAR-MSU

Many Michigan teachers are returning from the Labor Day weekend with some labor issues of their own. 


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WKAR File Photo

Michigan’s third graders showed slight improvement in their reading scores in the 2018 school year.  However, the gains are not enough to stave off criticism of the state’s early literacy efforts.


WKAR File Photo

Thousands of Michigan schools are starting a new year under a cloud of uncertainty as they wait for state lawmakers to hammer out the final K-12 education budget.