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COVID recovery, chronic absenteeism, and a $700 million building campaign: DPSCD Supt. Dr. Nikolai Vitti discusses district’s future

Detroit Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti talks with Stephen Henderson about COVID-19’s impact on chronic absenteeism and student achievement, how the district will spend an unprecedented $700 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds on building infrastructure, and what the future holds for the district’s students and staff. 

Absentee or in person: Michigan voters react to key issues, races in the midterm election

Where do Michigan voters stand on key issues ahead of the Nov. 8, 2022 midterm election? One Detroit senior producer Bill Kubota teamed up with Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau Chief Paul Egan to talk with voters from across Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties about who they'll cast their ballots for and where they land on the key issues like absentee voting, the economy and abortion.

The urban outdoors: Belle Isle Nature Center re-opens following $2.5 million renovation

The Belle Isle Nature Center has re-opened its doors following a $2.5 million renovation to the public facility. The updated space aims to reflect the vibrant intersection between Detroit's urban core and the natural ecosystem that lives within it. One Detroit producer Daijah Moss took a visit to the newly renovated nature center to learn more about the new exhibits and which ones returned.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra partners with Kadima Mental Health Services to offer music therapy 

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has partnered with Kadima, a mental health services center, to teach group music classes where clients learn beginner and intermediate music skills, and their favorite songs. One Detroit Arts & Culture Producer Sarah Smith takes viewers behind the scenes of the center's music therapy classes with the DSO for a look at the benefits of music therapy. 

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4/07/22: COVID313 – Special Education, Mental Health, COVID-19 Case Update

The COVID313 Town Hall takes a look at the social, emotional, behavioral and educational impacts of COVID-19 on special education students. Then, the Detroit Health Department gives an update on COVID-19 case rates, new variants and vaccines. Plus, the town hall talks about the pandemic's affect on workers' mental health.

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