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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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.


family on playground
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. 


men salute flag
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. 


three people at ribbon cutting
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

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



school classroom
File Photo / WKAR-MSU

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


chairs and desks
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. 


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Michigan is starting a new school year with an old problem.  The state is in the midst of a chronic teacher shortage.  A report released earlier this year by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan finds  enrollment in post-secondary teacher preparation programs has fallen by two-thirds – 66 percent – since 2008.  The crisis is forcing schools to dig deeper to fill their classrooms.


school hallway
WKAR File Photo

Michigan’s kids are going back to class.  This fall, more than 1 million students will step through the schoolhouse door.  Some are stepping into the spotlight.


Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D.
Stony Brook University

Some parents of Nassar abuse survivors are pushing for a meeting with the new president of Michigan State University. 

Coast Guard Band
Courtesy / U.S. Coast Guard / PA2 Richard Brahm

The U.S. Coast Guard Band is touring the Great Lakes this summer.  On Wednesday, the ensemble co-founded by legendary march king John Phillip Sousa is giving a free concert at Okemos High School.


Editor’s Note: This is a free event, but tickets are required.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Okemos High School.  Register for tickets here.

Yvonne Caamal Canul
Lansing School District

The Lansing School District announced Monday afternoon that superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul will retire on January 1, 2020.

police car with lights
flickr/Scott Davidson

After more than a decade in the making, Michigan’s first monument to fallen police officers will dedicated Saturday in Lansing. 


interstate highway
WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

In the 1960’s, thousands of people in Lansing lost their homes.  Interstate 496 was built through the middle of the city’s historically African-American neighborhood.  The mass displacement of families altered many facets of life, including education.


Editor's Note:  The "I-496 Intersects Education" event will be held Saturday, July 27 at the Educational Child Care Center at 1715 W. Malcolm X Blvd. in Lansing.  It runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.