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This winter, Jameria Miller would often run to her high school Spanish class, though not to get a good seat.

She wanted a good blanket.

"The cold is definitely a distraction," Jameria says of her classroom's uninsulated, metal walls.

Her teacher provided the blankets. First come, first served. Such is life in the William Penn School District in an inner-ring suburb of Philadelphia.

The hardest part for Jameria, though, isn't the cold. It's knowing that other schools aren't like this.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed bills into law meant to prevent financial emergencies in schools.

The state and intermediate schools districts (ISDs) now have more power to step in sooner when schools show signs of financial trouble.

Washtenaw County agencies have received just over $4 million in federal funds for programs battling the problem of homelessness.  The second round of grants from the U-S Department of Housing and Urban development was announced Thursday.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

A statewide coalition is seeking public comment on Michigan should best spend its transportation dollars. "Transportation for Michigan" held a community forum in Ann Arbor Thursday night. WEMU's Andrew Cluley was there.