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Michigan's Shortage of Substitute Teachers: Research and Solutions

The State of the State Podcast discusses issues, questions, answers, policy and research on the hottest topics on the local, state and national stage. State of the State podcasters IPPSR Director Matt Grossmann, Associate Director Arnold Weinfeld, Charles Ballard, Director of IPPSR's State of the State Survey, talk together and share the air with frequent guests monthly.

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August's State of the State Podcast shares details from new MSU research about an urgent need to reward and retain the state's pre-K teachers. This edition of the State of the State Podcast invited Bethany Wilinski, assistant professor in MSU's Department of Teacher Education, to share the research she and two other colleagues completed under an IPPSR Michigan Applied Public Policy Research grant.

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