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State schools superintendent Brian Whiston is stepping down to concentrate on his battle with cancer.

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In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair speaks to Dr. Charles Simmons, Professor Emeritus of Journalism and Law at Eastern Michigan University, about EMU's upcoming EcoJustice and Activism Conference.

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Governor Rick Snyder wants to spend more on Michigan students.  The governor made the announcement during his State of the State address last night.

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Governor Rick Snyder can expect a controversial bill on his desk soon.  Lawmakers have passed legislation to send more money to charter schools. 

While Toyota is among the automakers displaying its new and future vehicles at the Detroit International Auto Show this week, its presence continues to be felt in Washtenaw County.  The car company is a major employer and is investing in area students and cultural organizations.  That's the focus of our "creative:impact" conversation with Toyota North American Community Relations Consultant, Praveena Ramaswami. 

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A new report says it costs at least $9,600 to properly educate a student in Michigan’s public schools.  The goal of the study is to force a conversation on overhauling school funding. 

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Michigan schools aren’t quite on board with legislation to teach more skilled trades and technical education in schools.  But with a few changes, they might get there soon.

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Michigan needs to create more opportunities for kids of color.  That’s according to advocates after a new report was released Tuesday.  The report shows that African-American kids in Michigan fare worse in areas like education than in any other state.

YCS @ Work Program
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Each week, WEMU is sitting down with Brianna Kelly from Concentrate Media to discuss their latest work on the "On The Ground Ypsilanti" project.

Today the conversation is about a program within the Ypsilanti Community Schools, YCS @ Work, which for the last two years has been partnering high school students internship opportunities that align with their career interests with the goal of exposing students to different careers and posibilities. Patrick Campion chats with OTG's  Brianna Kelly and Kharena Keith,  YCS' coordinator of Wellness and Community partnerships.

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The Legislature ends its summer recess this week and returns to Lansing.  Governor Rick Snyder will have a to-do list waiting.

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The Michigan State Board of Education deadlocked along party lines Tuesday on a model student code of conduct.  The major issue was protecting students from discrimination based on their gender identity.

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It is the first total eclipse happening in nearly 40 years but will only be partially visible from Southeast Michigan.  I spoke with Eastern Michigan University professor and director of Sherzer Observatory Norbert Vance about what we can expect to see and experience when the eclipse occurs on August 21st.

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A judge says the state cannot reimburse private and parochial schools for any expenses, even if they’re the result of state mandates.  The judge was responding to a legal challenge to the state budget

Mitch Daniels went from running the state of Indiana, as its two-term Republican governor, to running its top flight public university, Purdue University, based in West Lafayette.

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Michigan’s education chief forecasts some contentious negotiations with federal officials on the state’s plans for identifying and helping struggling schools. 

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A controversial portion of the state’s budget will be in court today.

For a gift of just $300 you and a friend can take the bus to Comerica Park, enjoy a picnic party in the stadium, receive a free TRUEMU souveniour, get your photo taken in the outfield - and see a great game as the Detroit Tigers take on the the Kansas City Royals on July 25.

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Classes may be over, but negotiations are continuing for the next Ann Arbor public school teachers' contract.

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Washtenaw County resident and politician Alma Wheeler-Smith has dedicated most of her life to helping others.  She has served the community in many roles:  school board member, county commissioner, state representative and state senator. Wheeler-Smith even declared candidacy for governor in 2010, but decided to end the campaign to prevent a split, progressive  vote in the Democratic primary.  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan made occasion to meet with Alma Wheeler-Smith at the county administration building in Ann Arbor. 

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Students need more options outside of traditional, college-track education.  That’s the thought behind new legislation scheduled to be introduced this week. 

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Some Democrats in the state House want to make literacy a constitutional right.  But not everyone is on board.   

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Governor Rick Snyder says the state will wait until May at the earliest to decide whether to close any of the state’s lowest-performing schools. 

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Governor Rick Snyder won’t support a plan to roll back the state income tax rate without a matching plan to cut spending.

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The Ann Arbor Public School District is taking additional steps to address parent and student concerns about immigration.

There's an experiment underway at a few top universities around the world to make some master's degrees out there more affordable.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for example, says the class of 2018 can get a master's degree in supply chain management with tens of thousands in savings. The university's normal price runs upwards of $67,000 for the current academic year.