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Stateside: Frustration over Ann Arbor schools plan; Black spaces in Detroit; winter birding

Ann Arbor's Skyline High School. Ann Arbor Public Schools has been on the state's "significant disproportionality" list for over-suspending black students for five years, but says it's taken aggressive steps to correct that disparity.
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Today on Stateside, confusion and frustration among Ann Arbor parents over the decision on whether to reopen schools. Plus, a look into the history and future of public spaces centered around Detroit's Black residents. And, if you’re starting to feel a little cooped up, may we recommend some winter bird watching?

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

AAPS slow walks decision on in-person learning, upsetting many parents

Stateside’s conversation with Ron French

  • Ron French is a reporter with Bridge Michigan. You can find his reporting on the controversy over Ann Arbor Public Schools' reopening plan here.

The history - and future - of Black public spaces in Detroit

Stateside’s conversation with Lauren Hood and PG Watkins

  • Lauren Hood is an urban planner and leading thinker in AfroUrbanist Design.
  • PG Watkins is the founder and director of theBlack Bottom Archives, which preserves the memories of Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood.

Harsh weather causes "fowl iruption" for Michigan's winter birders

Stateside’s conversation with Lindsay Cain

  • Lindsay Cain is the education coordinator for Michigan Audubon. 

Former Michigan House leader resigns from new gig over pushback on his stance on LGBTQ rights

Stateside’s conversation with Emily Lawler

  • Emily Lawler is the lead reporter on the MLive politics team. 
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