Stateside: Closed schools still feeding kids; tribal casinos’ hard choice; Flint’s poet laureate

Mar 16, 2020

Today on Stateside, we checked in with two school districts about how they are planning to meet the needs of students during an unprecedented shutdown prompted by the coronavirus outbreak. Plus, the pediatrician who alerted the world to Flint’s water crisis talked to us about how kids in the city are doing more than five years after the crisis began. 

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“This is so surreal”: K-12 schools superintendents on the unique challenges their districts face amid COVID-19 shutdown

  • Rick Heitmeyer is the superintendent of Baldwin Community Schools.
  • Rané Garcia is the superintendent of the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System.

Tribes in Michigan struggle with decision to shut down casinos for coronavirus

  • Kaye LaFond is a reporter with Interlochen Public Radio.

Flint poet laureate Semaj Brown on the healing power of poetry and a poem for the #MeToo era

  • Semaj Brown is the city of Flint’s first poet laureate.

In-depth assessments show some Flint kids face major learning, language, and developmental challenges

  • Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician in Flint and was one of the whistleblowers during Flint's water crisis. 
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