About School News Network

Why School News Network?

Public education is the cornerstone of this nation's democracy, and our schools are the hubs of communities in every city, suburb and rural town. Education ranks consistently at or near the top of Kent County research on local priorities. The appetite for education news and information grows each year, among families and the general public.

While it was once possible to keep the community informed through an annual school open house and a newsletter (plus the news they'd hear at school sporting events, concerts, meetings), that just isn't enough anymore.

And with the tremendous changes in local media and a dozen years of education budget-cutting, it's become much harder for schools to provide the information the community is interested in – the news the public needs to truly understand and evaluate their school investment.

Providing this news is the purpose of our School News Network. This site offers a window into our schools – a behind-the-scenes look at the myriad ways the investment in public education is helping the community's children grow, learn and achieve.

Allison Kaufman and Ron Koehler, Managing Editors

See Ron's New Column

Please Participate in this Innovative News Site

We hope you will visit the site often, read about the topics and schools that matter to you, comment on the articles and participate in the interactive and other special features we're developing. To participate in and add your voice to this first-of-its-kind school site, you can:

  • register and add your thoughtful comments, questions and ideas
  • like us on Facebook - School News Network
  • follow us on Twitter - SNNKent
  • send story ideas to snn@kentisd.org
  • forward our main page to family, friends and neighbors who are interested in education

How SNN is organized and funded

For years we've known our schools contain the best stories that exist – of achievement, learning, innovation, success against the odds, dedication, caring, even heroism. Now there will be a way to get those stories and many more out to the media and the public.

Providing more school news, information and intelligent issues analysis is critically important to the future of public education. Our legislators, policy crafters, business leaders, parents and community members/taxpayers deserve the context, viewpoint, data and evidence only the schools themselves can provide. Only then can these systems align to provide the kind of public education structure – and resulting students – that the broader community says it wants and needs.

Kent ISD is leading this initiative for the public school districts within our boundaries. These districts decided to allow banner advertising on their websites, pool the resulting advertising dollars and use them to create this news site. With the revenue generated through banner ads, this news site will be self-sustaining without the use of taxpayer dollars. Content will be supplied by professional reporters hired to research and write the stories of our schools.

Welcome to our new network!


Is there a great story you know about in one of our districts? Please let us know! Call our voicemail line at 616.365.2228 or email us at snn@kentisd.org to tell us your ideas. Be sure to tell us which school and district we should contact.

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