CNS Budget – Oct. 12, 2018

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Oct. 12, 2018 – Week 6


To: CNS Editors


From: Dave Poulson and Sheila Schimpf


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Correspondents, their contact information and the CNS publications each especially serves are listed here:




READINGLAWS: Looming new reading standards will cause many Michigan children to retake the third grade, especially children of color, a recent study says. Starting in 2020, third graders who can’t read must be held back under a state law passed in 2016.  But critics say that lawmakers haven’t allotted enough promised funding to meet that standard. That could have cascading effects that ultimately harms the state’s workforce. We talk to a Western Michigan University education expert and the Michigan League for Public Policy. By Jeremy Wahr. FOR THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS

HOUSING: A Michigan resident making minimum wage has to work 73 hours per week — or 1.8 full-time jobs — to afford a rental two-bedroom apartment, according to a recent study. That ranks the state 28th in terms of affordable housing costs, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Lawmakers are considering incentives to encourage more affordable housing. We talk to the Michigan League for Public Policy and a Cheboygan housing official. Lawmakers from Traverse City, Lowell Township, East Lansing and Warren are concerned. By Nick Kipper. FOR TRAVERSE CITY, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS

W/HOUSINGLIST: This material for localization is a list of how much annual income is needed to rent a two-bedroom house in each of Michigan’s counties and metropolitan areas.

SOCIALSTUDIES: State officials are sorting through thousands of suggestions on how to improve Michigan’s social studies curriculum. One lawmaker from Canton has sparked outrage by suggesting that references to democracy and the Ku Klux Klan be removed. By Lance Cohen. FOR ALL POINTS

COUNTDAY – Michigan has failed to properly count nearly 125,000 students every year, according to a recent study. Each district receives roughly $7,500 for each student. The report by the Education Trust also indicates that performance of students who start the year in one district and finish it in another may also not be properly reported. By Lance Cohen. FOR ALL POINTS


WARBLERS:  While Michigan celebrates a doubling of its goal for restoring a popular but endangered songbird, nearby Wisconsin is playing recorded calls to lure it there. The technique is used to bring the Kirtland’s warbler to new areas of the forest. By Kaley Fech.  FOR CRAWFORD COUNTY, CADILLAC AND ALL POINTS.


w/WARBLERPHOTO. Kirtland’s warbler. Credit: Joel Trick/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

RICEDRONE: An ancient and culturally significant crop is getting a boost from modern technology. Wild rice, or manoomin, has declined significantly in recent years, but drones are helping one Michigan tribe restore it. By Quinn Zimmerman. FOR THREE RIVERS, STURGIS, BAY MILLS, HOLLAND AND ALL POINTS

W/RICEDRONEPIX A drone’s eye view of rice beds in Nottawa Creek which flows into the St. Joseph River near Mendon. Credit: Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi

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