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An investigation has found several former patients who allege that a late University of Michigan physician sexually abused them during exams going back decades. The Ann Arbor school said Wednesday that it's set up a hotline for others to come forward with information about Robert E. Anderson, the former director of University Health Service and athletic team physician, who worked at the school from 1968 to 2003. He died in 2008. A former student contacted the university's athletic director in 2018 alleging misconduct during medical exams.

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After a national search for the next superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools, the Board of Education held second round interveiws Monday with the three finalists, which consist of one woman and two men. All three finalists are African-American, all three have a PHD in Educational Leadership, and all three come from outside the state of Michigan where they currently serve in leadership positions in their respective districts.   

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For 13 years, Godfrey-Lee Band Director Kevin Gabrielse has leaned on his 10-acre apple orchard to help significantly fund the Lee Middle and High program.

This year alone, the band used apples from his orchard to make and sell 2,000 pies that raised $13,400 for the program that he directs.

Band booster Deanna Mockerman said the apple pie fundraiser is how most students cover their portion of band camp and that it accounts for 80% or more of the total amount of band funds raised each year.

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A Michigan organization that aims to boost access to college is using a grant to help students without legal status to live in the United States. The Michigan College Access Network says the $30,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan will be used to aid the new Michigan Coalition for Undocumented Student Success. Specific goals for the grant include hiring a program coordinator to coordinate the the translation of a student guide to college into Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, and working with educators on ways to support college-bound students.

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With Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer by her side, Grand Valley State University President Philomena Mantella announced a new accelerated program that “will help adults complete their bachelor’s degree online while earning a certification in one of four skill categories as well.

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Forest Hills students recently took being green into their own hands, informing school officials they could offset significant energy costs.

Students in the Project NEXT program at Forest Hills Northern High School recently shed some light on the energy costs of keeping outdated fluorescent lights burning in their classrooms, hallways and gymnasiums.

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Feb 6, 2020
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Middle schoolers in Kent City are learning to control their emotions through yoga, which they practice regularly.

As educators look for ways to help children cope with stress, high on the list of is having students experience the ancient practice of yoga.

In a Kent City Middle School classroom for students with emotional challenges, School social worker Dan Sullivan leads the group in traditional Yoga poses at least once a week.

Improving classroom management and educational gains from doing yoga is researched based, he said

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"I was trained as a reproductive tract developmental biologist back at Harvard Medical School. When I was recruited here of course, I'm going to continue to study reproductive tract biology, and one of the more interesting aspects of reproductive tract biology is the fibroids it's the most common tumor and women by far and no one really knows how they start and no one really knows how they grow. I thought that that would be a really good way for me to advance our knowledge and continue the study." 

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Michigan State University officials say its performing arts center has removed a gift shop display featuring dolls depicting prominent black figures that were hanging from a tree-like rack. School spokeswoman Emily Gerkin Guerrant issued a statement apologizing for the display, which was intended to mark Black History Month along with programming at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Black graduate student Krystal Rose Davis-Dunn tells the Lansing State Journal that the dolls recalled "lynching of black people from trees." Guerrant says an internal investigation is underway.

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An assignment to write persuasive letters led to some cool connections for fourth-graders, including a response from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer about the environment.

When Aime Fonseca, a fourth grader at North Godwin Elementary, returned to school after winter break, she was both surprised and excited to receive a piece of mail addressed to her at school. The sender? Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

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