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Points North

Points North, Ep. 28: Back to school

Max Johnston
Interlochen Public Radio
Thousands of students across Michigan went back to school this week.

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

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

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

Credit Dan Wanschura / Interlochen Public Radio
Interlochen Public Radio
Ann Cardon took over as TCAPS Superintendent in August.

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.

Max came to IPR in 2017 as an environmental intern. In 2018, he returned to the station as a reporter and quickly took on leadership roles as Interim News Director and eventually Assignment Editor. Before joining IPR, Max worked as a news director and reporter at Michigan State University's student radio station WDBM. In 2018, he reported on a Title IX dispute with MSU in his story "Prompt, Thorough and Impartial." His work has also been heard on Michigan Radio, WDBM and WKAR in East Lansing and NPR.