Self-funded campaigns on the rise

By JAYLYN GALLOWAY Capital News Service LANSING – In 2016, President Donald Trump spent $66 million of his own funds on his campaign. He’s hardly the only politician to invest in his or her own career. The Legislature produced seven … Continue reading →

Female candidates outraised men

By NATALIE DYMKOWSKI Capital News Service LANSING — On average, female legislators in Michigan outraised their male counterparts in contributions to their own campaigns by more than $6,000 last year. That’s despite the fact that women may face more fundraising … Continue reading →

Williamston Commmunity Schools is a leading school district in STEAM education and using technology in the classroom

While strolling the halls of Williamston Explorer Elementary in Williamston, students’ artwork lines the walls, backpacks and coats litter the floor and muffled discussion about this or that can be heard outside nearly every classroom. Unlike other elementary schools however, Williamston Explorer Elementary is in the works of producing the next crop of engineers, researchers, scientists and the like. After receiving three grants this past year, including $130,000 from Dart Container Company in Mason, Williamston Community Schools has invested the money into the K-12 district STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) initiative it launched this year. The initiative will take place in a series of phases. “This year was phase one, which was the creation of a K-5 STEAM lab for both of our elementary schools,” said superintendent Dr. Adam Spina. 

STEAM teacher Sean Ferguson teaches 31 STEAM classes every week, with students ranging from young 5s to fifth grade.

STOP School Violence Act receives mostly approval, with some concerns if it goes far enough

The Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on March 14 has been met with generally positive reviews by officials, law enforcement and experts, but is not without criticism as its effect on a local level is still unknown. “As a good guy, I think it will have some effect on school safety,” said DeWitt Township Chief of Police Brian Russell. “Thinking as a bad guy or kid, new people and technology may pose more of a challenge.”

Critics of the bill, which passed 407-10, claim it doesn’t go far enough to address the issue of school safety and might not be as effective as it seems given the allocated funding, $50 million per year. “Fifty million dollars for 50 states will not go very far,” said DeWitt Public Schools Superintendent John Deiter. “Just one full-time resource officer for my district would cost almost $100,000.