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Charles Honey is a freelance writer and former columnist for The Grand Rapids Press/ MLive.com. As a reporter for The Press from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today magazine and the Aquinas College alumni magazine. Read Charles' full bio.

Reading on the bus makes the journey so much better

A new program begun this semester gives Rockford students a fun and relaxing way to occupy themselves on their rides between school and home

Want to build cars someday? OK, let’s start with algorithms

Students in Paige Carleton’s classroom at Alpine Elementary School learned the first steps in a new effort this semester to reach all Kenowa Hills elementary students with STEM: science, technology, engineering and math

Statewide reading decline: how some high-poverty schools buck the trend

Principals in Wyoming and Grand Rapids identified how to use data to improve instruction, build teacher leaders and zero in on reading instruction practices

Local students invite congressional candidates to March for Our Lives town hall

Having made known their demands for safer schools and stronger gun laws in the March for Our Lives, more than a dozen local students are hosting a town hall meeting with U.S. congressional candidates to address solutions to gun...

Trip to March for Our Lives in D.C. motivates students to ‘make the change’...

City High School’s Caleb Hekman was one of a group of 42 local students who went to the national March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C.

In its first year, high school orchestra makes ‘magical’ music

Now in its first year at the high school and fourth year overall, the Rockford strings program has quickly grown bigger since it began at the middle school level. About 270 students are part of it, including nearly 40 in the high school ensemble.

Family ties help students bring historical Americans to life

Central Elementary fifth-graders took on the roles of famous Americans for one night, and raised over $1,000 for charitable causes in the process. Students researched notable historical people, then donned period garb and emulated wax museum figures. Visitors brought them...

GRPS superintendent continues Transformation Plan listening tour

Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal will meet with parents, students, community members and school staff this week to get feedback on the GRPS Transformation Plan

‘They’re right. We are just a bunch of kids. But we’ve also been the...

Students at City High/Middle School joined others demonstrating across America Wednesday, a month after the massacre that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida

Rattled by false threat rumors, students share anxieties and ideas on school safety

On the same day that Northview High School students gathered to discuss ways to improve school safety, many went home because of false rumors of a threat against the school

Can teachers be trained to handle guns in crisis? Not likely, police vets say

Former Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Larry Johnson knows the lightning-quick thinking and split-second actions required to handle an active-shooter situation
Jeffrey Larsen, Lowell High School AP literature teacher, would rather be armed with school supplies

Local educators on school shootings: ‘Arming teachers is not the answer’

Kent County teachers and principals agree more must be done to stop mass school shootings, but say arming teachers is not the answer. More resources for mental health counselors and stricter firearms requirements are needed to keep students safe, they say

‘He took the reins, and we moved forward’

Michael Shibler is in his 50th year in education, including 29 as superintendent of Rockford Public Schools. But in a profession not known for longevity, Shibler shows no signs of slowing down

Michigan Teachers of the Year to speak on leadership at GVSU forum

Michigan MTOYs Luke Wilcox and Tracy Horodyski will talk about their roles as Teachers of the Year, the importance of leadership in their schools and communities, empowering fellow staff members and helping students grow

Local students push for change in wake of Florida school shooting

Students at City High/Middle School are joining the ranks of a national student-led movement to make their schools safer, stepping up where adults have failed to act
Northview school resource officer Deputy Andy Kozal stands in the security vestibule of Northview High School, one of many Kent County schools that have poured millions into security upgrades (SNN file photo)

Superintendents Respond to Yet Another Mass Shooting

In the wake of Wednesday’s mass shooting in a Florida high school, School News Network asked local superintendents what their schools have done to protect against the possibility of a mass shooting; and what else needs to be done to reduce the incidence of such horrific violence
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Reading on the bus makes the journey so much better

A new program begun this semester gives Rockford students a fun and relaxing way to occupy themselves on their rides between school and home

Want to build cars someday? OK, let’s start with algorithms

Students in Paige Carleton’s classroom at Alpine Elementary School learned the first steps in a new effort this semester to reach all Kenowa Hills elementary students with STEM: science, technology, engineering and math

Local students invite congressional candidates to March for Our Lives town hall

Having made known their demands for safer schools and stronger gun laws in the March for Our Lives, more than a dozen local students are hosting a town hall meeting with U.S. congressional candidates to address solutions to gun...
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