Points North, Ep. 28: Back to school

Sep 5, 2019

This week on Points North, thousands of students are back in school. Hear how state efforts to improve reading and writing scores for third graders may be getting lost in translation.

Plus an interview with the new Superintendent of Traverse City Area Public Schools.

Educators weigh in on controversial 3rd grade reading law

Third graders at Central Grade School in Traverse City during their quiet reading time.
Credit Max Johnston / Interlochen Public Radio

In 2016, the controversial “Read by Grade Three” bill was signed into law. It was meant to improve reading and writing for third graders in Michigan.

But as the law starts to take effect, some educators are frustrated with how it aims to do that.

Hear how new reading and writing standards are getting lost in translation.

School districts chew on student lunch debt
Credit U.S. Department of Agriculture

School districts are struggling to find solutions to deal with increasing amounts of debt from unpaid student lunches.

Hear how local districts are paying off that debt.

New TCAPS superintendent hits ground running
Ann Cardon took over as TCAPS Superintendent in August.
Credit Dan Wanschura / Interlochen Public Radio

Ann Cardon started her first school year as TCAPS superintendent this week. She believes TCAPS is underfunded and hopes to work with the state to receive more money per pupil.

Hear Ann Cardon’s full interview, including why TCAPS is closing the Northern Michigan Partnership.