Virginia Gordan

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Department of Education is offering an option to help school districts deal with a shortage of special education teachers. 

The MDE will allow a one-year, renewable waiver that enables a district to use special education teachers in a special education classroom even if they don't have the same specialty area.

The goal is to reduce the use of substitute teachers for special education.

Abby Cypher heads the Michigan Association of Administrators of Special Education.

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   A group of Michigan Democratic lawmakers is demanding an immediate ban on firearms in the state Capitol building. 

State Representative Sarah Anthony says she wants the Michigan State Capitol Commission or the Legislature to implement a ban. She says each has repeatedly failed to take action.

“People sent me to the Capitol not to wonder if I left my bulletproof vest in my car. They want to make sure I can lift up my voice and represent their interests.”

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says as of two weeks before Election Day, more than 3 million people have requested absentee ballots and more than half the requested ballots have already been cast. 

Benson says she's also committed to keeping the polls safe and secure for in-person voting.

“From a health standpoint we are doing all that data and best practices indicate are needed to ensure safe access to the polls on Election Day and. of course, physical safety is critical, as well.”

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at rally in Troy

Feb 26, 2020

TROY, MI (MPRN)--   Vice President Mike Pence visited Michigan Tuesday to campaign for the re-election of President Donald Trump. 

He addressed a crowd of supporters in suburban Detroit at a Keep America Great rally. The event followed his appearance earlier in the day at a Michigan Farm Bureau event in Lansing.

Pence said Trump stands without apology behind the men and women of law enforcement, and he said under the Trump Administration, more than 190 Conservative federal judges have been confirmed.