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

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Schools around the state are closing to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. That's left schools scrambling to figure out how to feed students who rely on free breakfast and lunch.

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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Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

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

Stateside’s conversations with Rick Heitmeyer and Rané Garcia

  • 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 reports on how tribal casinos are dealing with the coronavirus outbreak

  • 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

Stateside’s conversation with Semaj Brown

  • 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

Stateside’s conversation with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

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