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COVID-19 Lessons: Distance Learning and Economic Distancing

This edition of the State of the State Podcast is delivered via as Michigan State University's campus learns remotely and works from home to flatten the spread of COVID-19, the infection resulting from the pandemic novel coronavirus. This month, IPPSR Director Matt Grossmann, Economics Professor Charles Ballard and Associate IPPSR Director Arnold Weinfeld lead off the discussion with guest Katharine Strunk, Professor and Erickson Distinguished Chair of Michigan State University’s Department of Educational Administration.

Their focus: lessons learned from COVID-19. Learning from home calls for access to high-speed internet throughout the state. At the same time, the state's economy calls for credit, cash and solutions to a looming revenue shortfall.

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IPPSR thanks MSU's University Communications, MSU Director of Public Relations Jennifer Davis, Producer Russ White of MSU Advancement Marketing and Communications, and all those who support the efforts necessary to make this production possible.