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Arts at Interlochen
4:55 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Poet Jamaal May captures 'Hum' of Detroit

Poet Jamaal May is working with students this week at Interlochen Arts Academy and has a free reading Thursday night.
Credit Jamaal May

Jamaal May's first collection of poetry, Hum, won him a Notable Book Award and a Beatrice Hawley Award, among other accolades. The Director of Creative Writing at Interlochen Center for the Arts calls the Detroit-raised poet a "rising star."

May is working with writing students this week at Interlochen Arts Academy. He also agreed to a free public reading Thursday night at The Writing House.

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Traverse City History Center
2:54 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Lundy steps down as History Center director

The Traverse City History Center is looking for a new executive director, following the resignation of Maddie Lundy. Lundy left last week after serving the center for the last three years. Her departure comes at a time of change for the center, which recently signed a lease to stay in the city-owned Carnegie Library building.

Board Chairman Bruce Wiegand says the center no longer plans to run a museum in the Carnegie building.

Composer History
11:28 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Happy Birthday, PDQ Bach!

Happy Birthday to composer PDQ Bach, born April 1, 1742!

IPR wishes a happy birthday to composer PDQ Bach, the twenty-first of JS Bach's twenty children.

Learn more about the life of PDQ Bach by reading his full biography by Professor Peter Schickele.

Michigan Education
6:01 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Governor willing to talk about taking on Detroit Public School debt

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder says he’s open to the idea of the state taking over debt from Detroit Public Schools (DPS).

A long-awaited report released this week by the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren recommended the move. It urges the state to assume hundreds of millions of dollars in DPS debt.

The governor has stopped short of endorsing the plan – but says he’ll consider it.

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Stateside
4:32 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Teachers want more compensation, but it's about more than just money

In our informal survey, 61% of teachers indicated that better pay is the best way to retain teachers. As part of our "Learning to Teach" week at Michigan Radio, Joshua Cowen, an associate professor at the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University, discusses teacher pay in the state.

Cowen says there's disagreement within the state of whether monetary compensation or professional opportunities work better to reward teachers.

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