After 20 years, has school choice just made self-segregation easier? | Michigan Radio

Michigan’s Schools of Choice program is now 20 years old.

In some parts of the state, the competition for students can be intense. Public school districts put up yard signs, families are sometimes offered gifts to sign up for a school out of district, and the number of publicly funded, privately run charter schools has increased.

The Holland Sentinel recently looked at the impact of school choice on the school districts in that area. The hardest-hit has been Holland Public Schools.

Source: After 20 years, has school choice just made self-segregation easier? | Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry: Unless voters push for change, politicians will keep the upper hand 

By now you may have come to realize that the best interests of the citizens is not what the Michigan legislature cares most about. For years, the voters’ top priority has been fixing our state’s terrible roads. The lawmakers refused to fix them.

Finally, they passed a disgraceful bill that raises our taxes and cuts essential services but won’t generate any serious new money for the roads for years.

Voters want middle and working-class kids to be able to afford higher education. What our lawmakers are more interested in is regulating which kids can use which restrooms. The list goes on, but the reasons why are simple…

Listen to the full story here: Unless voters push for change, politicians will keep the upper hand | Michigan Radio

Gun Lake Casino expansion plans to be outlined April 12 |

The Gun Lake Tribe of Pottawatomi Indians; Gun Lake Casino; Wayland Township and Clark Construction will have a press conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 12 at the Sandhill, Café.

Information about the casino’s plans for expansion will be outlined and architectural drawings will be presented.

Source: Gun Lake Casino expansion plans to be outlined April 12 |

Calley email dismissed lawmaker’s Flint River claims

Lansing — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and other top officials in Gov. Rick Snyder’s office were dismissive in early January of a Democratic Flint lawmaker’s claim that state-appointed emergency managers tapped the Flint River as a temporary water source “unbeknownst to the city council.”

When state Rep. Sheldon Neeley said Snyder’s emergency managers were responsible for the city’s lead-contaminated water, it set off a series of Jan. 3 emails within the governor’s office that criticized Neeley two days before Snyder declared a state of emergency in Genesee County.

“Most state reps in the minority party spend 6 years in pure irrelevance, so this is just his way of mattering,” Calley wrote in an email. “He is not productive and he is not going to be productive. The issue is worth more to him in the media than it ever could be as a problem solver.”

Calley’s email was contained among thousands of pages of emails Snyder’s office has voluntarily released since late January.

The email shows Calley and Snyder aides viewed Neeley’s claims about the role of emergency managers in the city’s water switch as a politicization of the events given his knowledge of what actually transpired.

Read the rest of the article here: Calley email dismissed lawmaker’s Flint River claims

In an Effort to Keep Our Kids Safe, We May be Silencing Their Voices | EduShyster

 Parent and early childhood educator Jamila Carter warns that the emphasis on strict discipline and control in urban schools can stifle kids’ creativity and natural desire to learn…

Source: In an Effort to Keep Our Kids Safe, We May be Silencing Their Voices | EduShyster

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From EduShyster Blog:

Kindergarten Suspensions;

It’s a ‘Thing’

In the latest episode of my podcast series, we meet a five-year-old who, in his first four months as a kindergartner, was suspended 16 times. 

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It’s time for another installment of Have You Heard, listener. In this episode (our third!), we head to Boston for a look at the controversial trend of kindergarten suspension. We go behind the data to bring you the story of a mother and a five-year-old boy who, in his first four months as a kindergartner, was suspended 16 times. Hard to imagine? His mother thinks so too as she struggles to understand how her bright, creative little boy could end up in so much trouble so quickly.

Listen here

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Clinton Campaign Turned On Static Noise Machine So Reporters Couldn’t Hear What She Was Telling Donors At A Colorado Fundraiser [See Video] 

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is reported to have used a static noise machine on Thursday to block reporters outside of a fundraiser in Denver from hearing her remarks.Stan Bush, a reporter for Denver’s CBS-4, who was stationed outside of the event, reported that the machine was held outdoors at the home of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a superdelegate who has endorsed Clinton.

Source: [Video] Clinton Campaign Turned On Static Noise Machine So Reporters Couldn’t Hear What She Was Telling Donors At A Fundraiser

From Michigan Radio:   New Basketball Hall of Famer Tom Izzo has had a lot of fans, but only one No. 1 

After Tom Izzo graduated from Northern Michigan in 1977, he became the head coach of the Ishpeming High School Hematites, named for one of the minerals they mine in the Upper Peninsula.

Once the Hematites were driving to play an arch rival, when suddenly the players started yelling, “Coach! You gotta stop the bus! It’s Suds!”

Izzo replied, “What’s a ‘suds’?!”

Source: New Basketball Hall of Famer Tom Izzo has had a lot of fans, but only one No. 1 | Michigan Radio