CNS Budget – Sept. 20, 2019

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LITERACY COACH— The school budget is not a done deal but among the points of agreement between the governor and the Legislature is to triple the funding for literacy coaches to help Michigan students improve their reading scores. Advocates hope that it will mean more students will pass the reading requirement that threatens to retain many third graders. It would mean more coaches could better cover the needs of far-flung districts such as those in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Lower Peninsula. We talk to a UP intermediate school official. By Evan Jones. FOR ST. IGNACE, SAULT STE. MARIE, MARQUETTE, BAY MILLS, CHEBOYGAN, ALCONA, MONTMORENCY, PETOSKEY, BIG RAPIDS, CADILLAC, MANISTEE, LUDINGTON, LAKE COUNTY, BENZIE, LEELANAU AND ALL POINTS.

UNIVERSAL PRE-K — The state could edge closer to universal preschool under budget proposals advanced by state lawmakers and by the governor. Educators say there are programs for low-income students at risk and that wealthy parents can afford to send their children to private schools. But there is a need to provide pre-kindergarten education for children who fall between them. By Chloe Rosa. FOR LANSING CITY PULSE AND ALL POINTS.

LIFEGUARDS— Seventy-five people have drowned in the Great Lakes so far this year. But liability and cost concerns have kept state and local officials from hiring beach lifeguards. By Connor Smithee. FOR LUDINGTON, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGAN, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, ST. IGNACE, LEELANAU, HOLLAND, ALCONA, MANISTEE, BENZIE COUNTY, OCEANA, HARBOR SPRINGS AND ALL POINTS.

HUNT MOOSE?— Some lawmakers want to formally urge the National Park Service to allow a moose tag lottery hunt on Isle Royale, where a burgeoning moose population is devastating the vegetation. Hunting is illegal in the remote Lake Superior national park, and the federal agency rejected the idea of a moose hunt when it instead adopted a plan to relocate wolves – the moose’s main natural predator – to the island. Hunting is allowed at Pictured Rocks and Sleeping Bear Dunes national lakeshores. Michigan United Conservation Clubs supports limited hunting in the park. Resolution sponsors are from Hancock, Iron Mountain, Wayland and Grand Rapids. By Eric Freedman. FOR BAY MILLS, MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU AND ALL POINTS

w/HUNT MOOSE PHOTO: Two moose graze on Isle Royale. Credit: National Park Service.

COMMUTE TIME— Getting to work every day can be a pain, but the amount of pain varies depending on where you live and how you get to your job. Traveling by public transportation such as buses often takes twice as long – or more – as driving alone. And few commuters choose the public transit option. We look at data for seven metro areas in the state, including Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, metro Detroit and Midland and talk to the Michigan Public Transit Association and MDOT. By Eric Freedman. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! AND ALL POINTS.

w/COMMUTE TIME TABLE: Average commute times driving alone, walking and public transportation in seven Michigan metro areas: Bay City, Detroit-Dearborn-Warren, Jackson, Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Niles-Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo-Portage, Midland. Source: based on U.S. Census American Community Survey data.

w/COMMUTE TIME PHOTO: Silver Line bus in Grand Rapids. Credit: The Ride.

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