Katherine Stewart (Part II)

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Katherine Stewart joins us again to continue our conversation on Betsy DeVos and religious and charter schools.  She has written articles on this subject including, The Proselytizers and the Privatizers.

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A new study says the base cost to educate a regular K-12 student in Michigan is $9,590. That figure doesn't include transportation, food or capital costs. The report released Wednesday was funded by foundations and school groups. It says traditional and charter public schools should be funded equally, and transportation costs should be funded at $973 per rider. 

Katherine Stewart

Jan 15, 2018

Katherine Stewart joins us to discuss Betsy DeVos and religious and charter schools.  She has written articles on this subject including, The Proselytizers and the Privatizers.

SNN: Launch U Addresses Talent Gap

Jan 12, 2018

Jobs that pay well are open right now and companies are looking for skilled workers to fill them. School News Network is taking on this topic in new series: Bridging the Talent Gap.

Over the past year, more than 4,000 manufacturing jobs have been added in West Michigan, according to Talent 20-25, a force working to meet the demand for talent in this area.

Michigan State effort to help low-income science students

Jan 12, 2018

Michigan State University says it's rolling out scholarships over the next several years for low-income students who studied natural science at community colleges. The East Lansing school says it aims to boost the quantity and quality of such students studying science, technology, engineering and math, and completing four-year degrees. Program officials say it is "essential" to broaden participation in the STEM fields and diversify the workforce.

The majority of Michigan voters say fixing the state’s infrastructure is the number one problem lawmakers need to address. That is the finding in a recent poll conducted in December.

Fix MI State is a campaign organized by the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association. It asked Lansing-based Epic-MRA to survey 600 registered Michigan voters asking what they think is the top problem facing the state?

Documents show a college in southwestern Michigan is paying a former school president who was fired in 2016 and her lawyers $145,000 as part of a settlement. The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph obtained details of the agreement between Jennifer Spielvogel and Lake Michigan College near Benton Harbor using the Freedom of Information Act. 

Michigan environmental officials say a Flint school district hasn't allowed the state to flush lines or test water inside its buildings. The Flint Journal reports that Flint Community Schools officials have declined to comment to the newspaper about the issue. Schools and child care centers aren't required to have water tested for lead unless the organizations operate their own water systems.

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has declined a $150,000 raise as school officials face criticism for their handling of an ex-campus doctor who sexually assaulted many young gymnasts.

Simon rejected the raise Friday at a Board of Regents meeting attended by victims of Larry Nassar.

He pleaded guilty last month to molesting girls at his campus office and elsewhere.

Simon and the board agreed to put the money in a scholarship fund and create a $10 million fund for mental health services for sexual assault survivors.

Diocese of Grand Rapids

The Diocese of Grand Rapids’ recently enacted a strategic plan that took a giant leap forward this week with the announcement of a new, independent Catholic elementary school scheduled to open next year. St. Roberts Catholic Elementary School will call Ada home initially providing child care through second grade curriculum and then with each passing year add one grade through eighth grade.

“Catholic schools are different.”

Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids says St. Roberts will deliver a premier Catholic education.