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Politics & Government

Stateside 5.2.2016

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Today, we hear the latest from the struggling Detroit public school system and why teachers are staging a sick-out. We also hear from the father of 14-year-old Abbie Kopf. Kopf is recovering after she and seven others were shot by an Uber driver last Feb.

On today's show:

  • Sarah Jardine is a Detroit Public School teacher taking part in the massive sick-out in the city. She joined Stateside and sums up how the Detroit Federation of Teachers and the teachers are not on the same page and what their demands are.
  • Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon breaks down how the Detroit Lions did at the NFL Draft, which included the selection of two Michigan Wolverines. Bacon also talks about the NCAA reversing their decision to ban satellite football camps.
     
  • When President Obama visits Flint on Wednesday many are wondering if Gov. Snyder will meet with him. Early signs indicated "no," but this morning, Snyder asked to meet with the President and Flint's Mayor Karen Weaver. The It's Just Politics team of Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta try to make sense of it all.
     
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is a tremendously popular buzzword these days as technology continues to become part of our daily lives and a critical piece to our economy. However, there still are not enough people with the skills to fill STEM jobs, and Michigan anticipates a shortage of 274,000 STEM professionals by 2018.
     
  • State lawmakers are working on a bill that would require schools in Michigan to teach students about genocide, including the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust. Corey Harbaugh is making it his personal mission to ensure that teachers in Michigan have resources and models about Holocaust education and to help them teach it as well.
     
  • After an Uber driver shot 14-year-old Abbie Kopf and seven others in Kalamazoo in February, the "warrior princess" has made an impressive recovery after nearly being pronounced dead in the hospital. Now she is home trying to adjust back to normal life with her family. Her father, Gene, joins Stateside to talk about her recovery and how his daughter is doing.