Assumptions vs. reality: Classroom budgets leave teachers to cover deficits

Instead of the harsh white light of the fluorescents, the light pouring from Alexa Weatherwax’s second grade classroom is the soft glow of old-fashioned incandescent string lights and paper lanterns she purchased for her classroom. This year, the only money Weatherwax spent out of pocket was on a travel Q-tip container for her students’ vocabulary words.

Weatherwax’s experience, however, is atypical and illustrates the starkness in realities between suburban and urban public schools, mostly White versus mostly Black school districts. According to the non-profit AdoptAClassroom.org’s national survey, 91 percent of teachers purchase school supplies for their students. The report goes on to say, on average, teachers in the United States spend $600 out of pocket each year on classroom supplies.

Traverse City has some special things to offer entrepreneurs

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Traverse City in northwestern Michigan is home to many entrepreneurs. The town has a supportive food scene, excellent tourism, a strong Chamber of Commerce, and many citizens with amazing stories to tell. If you walk through Downtown Traverse City, you may come across Ben Phillips, owner and founder of Ben’s Boards, a company that rents paddle boards on Grand Traverse Bay. Scroll through social media and it’s likely you’ll see Sean Murray, founder of Green Light Podcast.

Capital News Service Bonus Budget – May 5

Bonus Week, May 5, 2017
To: CNS Editors
From: Perry Parks, Eric Freedman and Sheila Schimpf
http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/
For technical problems, contact CNS technical manager Pechulano Ali, (517) 940-2313, pechulan@msu.edu. For other issues contact Perry Parks, perryrobertparks@gmail.com, (517) 388-8627 or Eric Freedman, freedma5@msu.edu. THIS IS BONUS WEEK: Here is our end-of-the-semester file of stories that you may not have had space for in the past few months but remain timely. SUMMER ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS PACKAGES: Again this summer, CNS plans to move three packages – in June, July and August — of Michigan environmental stories in partnership with Great Lakes Echo. Here is your file:
(New story) DEERDISEASE: As the Department of Natural Resources expands educational efforts about chronic wasting disease, a bipartisan bill to raise awareness and prevent spread of the disease is moving through the House.

Budget Nov. 18, 2016

Nov. 18, 2016
To: CNS Editors
From: David Poulson and Sheila Schimpf
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Budget Nov. 18, 2016

Nov. 18, 2016
To: CNS Editors
From: David Poulson and Sheila Schimpf
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Budget Nov. 18, 2016

Nov. 18, 2016
To: CNS Editors
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Budget Nov. 18, 2016

Nov. 18, 2016
To: CNS Editors
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October 7, 2016 CNS Budget

Oct. 7, 2016
To: CNS Editors
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DRAINS: Global warming is threatening Michigan’s already aging system of drains with severe weather producing heavy rains.

September 30, 2016 CNS Budget

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REDTAGS:  A recent state audit says state officials should more aggressively re-inspect school buses that fail safety checks. The number of buses with safety defects rose by 684 to 3,038 in 2016.

September 23, 2016 Budget

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SHAREROAD: Passing motorists would have to give a five-foot berth to bicyclists under proposed legislation that also requires harsher penalties for causing accidents that injure or kill cyclists. We talk to a Traverse City bicycle shop owner and the manager of another one, a state representative from Portage and the secretary of state’s office. By Alexander Smith.