Education

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A team of five moms is among eleven candidates vying for school board seats in northern Michigan’s largest school district.

 


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NOEL KING, HOST:

During their daughter's freshman year of high school, Paul and Joy Orton spent afternoons describing biology diagrams and illustrations to her. She is blind, and the materials given to her in class were not in a format she could read.

Their daughter had no trouble understanding the material, but she was dependent on her parents. She wanted to learn on her own, like her classmates did.

Her parents successfully lobbied their northern Alabama district for a Braille biology textbook.

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The Michigan Department of Education is offering additional public input sessions over controversial changes to social studies standards in public schools.

 

 


A version of this interview ran in 2015.

Have you ever paid your kid for good grades? Have you driven to school to drop off a forgotten assignment? Have you done a college student's laundry? What about coming along to Junior's first job interview?

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