In a corner table of Mike’s Village Restaurant in Dimondale, Holt Public School’s superintendent Dr. Johnny Scott sat with four parents as he hosted his monthly coffee for community members. Nearing the end of his position, Scott discussed opting out of standardized testing, the ACT to SAT switch, Lansing Community College’s linked college program and the upcoming millage vote. Opting out of standardized testing
After spring break, students will return for a three-week testing period for the M-STEP standardized exam for English, math, science and social studies. Due to the extensive testing schedule, parents are exploring the option of pulling their students from participating. “When it (M-STEP test) first came out, there was some ambiguity from the state about whether districts have the option to opt out,” Scott said.
Old Nation Brewing Co. barrels which will eventually hold beer
brewed in house. The brewery will sell five to six of their own beers in stores. Watch a video including a tour of Old Nation Brewing Co. pre-opening!
In this year’s May election, the ballot will have a proposal on raising the sales tax on the roads from 6 percent to 7 percent. Rick Knop, co-owner of American Asphalt in Lansing, works in office bidding, estimations, asphalt paving/patching, asphalt sealing, drain repair and hot pour rubber crack filling in both Lansing and Holt.
“I just wish they wouldn’t have tangled up the two issues. I mean the sales tax to account for the road funding, education funding and long-term debt,” Knop said. “I wish they would have kept the road bill entirely separate and the money that is raised for the roads go directly to the roads.” Evan Hope, Delhi Charter Township Clerk, said, “Who represents us locally, statewide and nationally is up to us.
As students flooded the polls on election day, some MSU students reflected on the impact of social media on their election decision making. Reporter Karlee Humphry filed this report from East Lansing’s Precinct 12: Podcast
Many students turning out to vote at East Lansing’s Precincts 9 and 10 said they are excited to cast their ballots in this election because the polls mean their voices count. Joe Shermetaro reports: Podcast.
Grand Ledge voters who turned up at the busy Sawdon Boardroom in Downtown Grand Ledge say education, jobs, and some of the State ballot proposals were very much on their minds as they cast their ballots. Ben Fleck reports from Grand Ledge: Podcast.