Courtesy of Tom Vance

The Portage School district started in 1922 with five teachers. The first superintendent was Cleora Skinner, who was also the principal of the school. Tom Vance says the person in charge of hiring bus drivers asked them if they could work for a woman.

Courtesy of Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan

Simon Purdy says in some ways the Boy Scouts opening up more programs to girls represents progress. But Purdy who evaluates data on programs for Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan says the Girl Scouts has a lot to offer which is tailored to girls.

Lawmakers Step In On School Mascot Issue

Nov 13, 2017
Supporters and opponents of the Paw Paw "Redskins" at a school board meeting in February
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

(MPRN-Lansing) Democrats in Lansing want to make schools get rid of mascots that may be considered racially insensitive. 

Michigan House - file photo
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) Michigan schools aren’t quite on board with legislation to teach more skilled trades and technical education in schools. But with a few changes, they might get there soon. 

Promise-Zone Bill Headed To Governor's Desk

Oct 19, 2017
Michigan Senate Chamber - file photo
Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) The Michigan Legislature may create five new “Promise Zones.” Those are special cities and communities that provide free college tuition for high school graduates.