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Stateside: Tesla sales get go ahead; personal cost of activism; public funding for private schools

Jan 22, 2020

Today on Stateside, we look at the dispute over Michigan's ban on public funding for private education. The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in a case that could affect how the Michigan Supreme Court rules later this year. Plus, Tesla is coming to Michigan and we hear from a reporter about how the move could alter the auto industry's traditional power base.

Listen to the full show above or individual segments below.  

AG’s office settles lawsuit with Tesla, allowing for sales and service in state

  • Attorney General Dana Nessel decided yesterday to overturn a 2014 law that prevented car companies from selling directly to companies, opening the door to Tesla in Michigan. Mike Martinez covers Tesla for Automotive News and filled us in on the industry-disrupting electric cars and what Tesla's arrival will mean in Michigan.

EMU settles with Title IX plaintiffs in softball, tennis suit

  • EMU has settled a lawsuit with former student-athletes whose sports -- tennis and softball -- were eliminated. The students argued the school violated Title IX and yesterday EMU settled the suit for $125,000. Carol Hutchins, softball coach for University of Michigan and a leading Title IX adovcate, weighed in on what this means for women’s sports, especially after EMU decided not to reinstate the sports.

The cost of activism: How pushing for change shapes your life

  • Renown activist, author and academic Angela Davis spoke at the University of Michigan on Monday to an overflow crowd in Ann Arbor. In conjunction with Davis' visit, Vidyha Aravind, an activist and organizer from Ann Arbor, shared her story as part of the symposium, which was called "Costs of Activism." We spoke the Vidyha about how she handles the burdens of activism, as well as rejoicing in its benefits.

U.S. Supreme Court case could impact Michigan’s debate over public funding for private education

  • Between 2016 and 2018, the state legislature approved sending $5 million to private schools to help fund things like fire drills and safety inspection, but that money has never been spent. The constitutional ban on spending tax payer money on private schools is being tested in case that is set to go before the Michigan Supreme Court.
  • Stateside spoke to Mark Walsh, a reporter with Education Week who covers education and the Supreme Court to talk about a Montana case being argued before the U.S Supreme Court today that may influence the outcome of the Michigan case outcome. We also spoke to Dan Korobkin, legal director of the Michgian ACLU who is an attorney in the Michigan case.

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