East Lansing Schools

EL Parents Urge Board to Take More Action on Lead

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

There is lead in the water of the drinking fountain in Shane Johnson’s fifth grade classroom at Marble Elementary School. But because the level of lead – 5 parts per billion - does not reach the “action level” of 15 parts per billion, the fountain is still in use by children every day.

Parks Millage Looks Unlikely to Be on November Ballot

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

As a key Parks millage is due to expire later this year, East Lansing’s City Council held a tense conversation about whether the upcoming November election is the right time to try to get East Lansing voters to renew that millage. ELi's Alice Dreger reports.

Art for Charlie: A Beautiful Way to Light the Darkness

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Art on display at the Marriott as part of the Art for Charlie exhibition.


Five-year-old Charlie Waller may have died from terminal brain cancer in 2011, but his legacy continues through the Art for Charlie Foundation, created in his honor to help families dealing with children’s hospice care or the loss of a child. Currently, Art for Charlie is hosting an art show now through May 1 at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place (300 M.A.C. Avenue).

128 Schools of Choice slots approved for 2016-17 school year

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


The East Lansing Board of Education Monday approved opening up 128 slots for new Schools of Choice students for the 2016-2017 school year. There are currently 3,620 students enrolled in the East Lansing Public Schools. Of those, 829 (about 23%) are Schools of Choice students.

School of Choice decision to be made tonight

Monday, April 25, 2016

Tonight, the East Lansing Board of Education will vote on whether to increase the Schools of Choice openings by 128 students. These new openings include 30 in kindergarten, 30 for first grade, 15 for third grade, 21 for fourth grade, 19 for 5th grade and 13 for seventh grade. No slots are being proposed for grades 2, 6 or 8-12.

In a memo to the Board, School Superintendent Robyne Thompson noted that East Lansing has participated in the Schools of Choice program since its inception in 1996.