Education

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Bills in the state Legislature would require schools to teach what’s called affirmative consent – or “yes means yes” -- as part of sex education.

The “Yes Means Yes” campaign says sex partners should voice their consent, and not assume the other person is willing. The approach is currently being tried in California.

Christopher Pepper is a teacher with San Francisco Unified School District who specializes in health education. He said students are responding well.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Lawmakers says there’s no doubt that Michigan State University failed to protect its students from Larry Nassar. 

He’s the former MSU sports doctor who sexually assaulted patients for years under the guise of treatment.

A state House inquiry into the school released its findings Thursday.

Lawmakers say Nassar was able to exploit multiple loopholes in MSU’s policies. The House inquiry also found that the school botched an internal investigation into Nassar arising from a complaint about his “treatment” in 2014.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A major firearms case will be debated in front of the Michigan Supreme Court next week. 

But advocates on both sides say it’s about more than whether someone can carry a firearm on school grounds.

Ann Arbor and Clio school districts in Michigan got sued for banning guns on school grounds.

State law generally prevents local gun rules – and the court will decide whether that applies here- which could have a broader impact.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two Michigan lawmakers are holding a meeting in Marquette to discuss saving for college.

Senator Tom Casperson and Representative Sara Cambensy are inviting parents to Peter White Public Library April 13 to learn about the Michigan Education Trust prepaid tuition program. During the meeting MET representatives will also unveil and discuss the results of a survey detailing the college savings habits of Upper Peninsula residents.

MARQUETTE, MI--   NMU’s hockey coach has signed a new, eight-year deal with the university.

Under the agreement Grant Potulny will receive $285,000 per year base salary, plus a car stipend, personal expense allowance, and the potential for performance bonuses.

Potulny just completed his first season at Northern. He was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Men’s Hockey Coach of the Year after leading the wildcats to a Top 20 national ranking and second place in the WCHA regular season.

EAST LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan State University paid roughly $500,000 to a public relations firm for work in January tracking media coverage and social media activity related to the case of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

The Lansing State Journal reports Wednesday that New York-based Weber Shandwick billed the university $517,343 for 1,440 hours of work done by 18 employees. The figures came from documents obtained by the newspaper through a public records request.

EMU cutting sports to save money

Mar 28, 2018

YPSILANTI, MI (MPRN)--   About 100 students rallied in the rain Tuesday to protest Eastern Michigan University’s plan to cut four sports teams.

Cutting varsity softball, wrestling, men's swimming and diving, and women's tennis is supposed to save EMU about $2 million.

Ricky Perez says juniors like him on the men’s swim team are floored because they’ve won so many league championships.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Peter White Public Library’s children’s area is temporarily moving to the Westwood Mall.

In order to renovate and expand the current space the entire lower level of the library will be closed to the public beginning May 1. Relocation of the children’s library will take place April 30 through May 6. It will reopen May 7 next to Bath and Body Works in the mall.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Students competing in Northern Michigan University’s Business Venture Competition will give presentations on their creative ideas this week. 

The Big Pitch is a Shark Tank-style activity that features four teams pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges. They’ll have five minutes to present their plans and five minutes to answer questions.

The teams are competing for cash and consulting packages to pursue their plans. The finalists also participate in a trade fair, where they display informational materials and product prototypes.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Rick Snyder is checking on the legality of allowing Michigan's 529 college savings plans to be used to cover private K-12 tuition costs. 

The federal tax cut enacted last year includes the expansion of eligible expenses for such savings plans, so private K-12 tuition is included. But the Michigan Constitution prohibits direct or indirect public aid to any non-public school.

Snyder and state Treasurer Nick Khouri sent a letter Friday to state Attorney General Bill Schuette asking for a legal opinion.

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