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C.W. Otto’s future still uncertain four years after closing

On Thomas Street in North Lansing sits a massive empty building, resembling a factory more than what it actually is: a former middle school. In 2013, the Lansing School District shuttered C.W. Otto Middle in a move district Chief of Operations Teresa Szymanski says was due in part to declining enrollment. The number of students at Otto had fallen sharply in recent years, from a peak of nearly 1200 in 1993 to less than 600 in 2012, according to Public School Review. She said the decline, which mirrors a dip of over 13,000 in Lansing’s population from 1990-2010, made closing the school the district’s best option. “I wasn’t here when that decision was made, but I’m sure it had to do with ‘right-sizing’ for building-student population,” Szymanski said.

The complicated line between bullying and free speech in schools

The Southern Poverty Law Center reported 437 incidents of harassment between Nov. 9 and Nov. 14 last year, the days following the election of President Donald Trump. The same report said most of the occurrences were reported at K-12 school locations. According to the Southern Poverty Law center, most of the incidents targeted immigrants, African Americans or the LGBT community. The reports raise questions about the freedom of speech in schools and the line between students’ First Amendment rights and harassment.

FIT4MOM gets Meridian Township moms moving

Fit4Mom is a workout program designed for women going through all stages of motherhood. This group meets in Meridian Township on the corner of Jolly and Hagadorn Roads. These women meet for classes where they workout, plan mom’s night outs, play groups and where they discuss community events.

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Michigan State tournament streak gives Lansing sports fans something to root for

If you blinked, you just might have missed it. But the Michigan State Spartans led by head coach Tom Izzo ended their 2017 NCAA Tournament run after playing but two games. With a victory over Miami in the round of 64 and a loss to Kansas in the round of 32, it is not difficult to guess what East Lansing citizens were watching Friday and Sunday nights. But does the same loyalty to Spartan basketball exist next door in Lansing? Most people in Lansing are not directly connected to MSU other than the fact that they are only separated by a few miles.

Nondiscrimination laws: Trump revises Obama-era policies

President Trump’s administration reversed policies allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their gender identity. Now, it is up to school districts in the Lansing area to decide whether discrimination laws apply to their students. “We have been successful with working with individual students and their families to find solutions that make them feel safe and supported,” said Dewitt Schools Superintendent John B. Deiter. Williamston High School has also been successful in working with transgender students, according to Assistant Principal Mike Freeman. “There have been no problems with bathroom issues at our school,” Freeman said.