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Charles Honey

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Charles Honey is editor-in-chief of SNN, and covers series and issues stories for all districts. As a reporter for The Grand Rapids Press/mLive 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 and its columnist for 20. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today, Religion News Service and Faith & Leadership magazine. Read Charles' full bio

Halfway through the year, educators navigate pandemic challenges

As COVID-19 cases surge, educators focus on keeping things afloat while hoping stormy seas turn into smoother waters...

After more than 50 years, Shibler closes door on ‘incredible career’

By far Kent County’s longest-serving superintendent, Michael Shibler retires Dec. 31 after 32 ½ years leading Rockford Public Schools...

In a contentious time, students extend ‘grace and courtesy’

The ethos stands out as a refreshing example of how students can get along when many adults seemingly cannot...

Mosaic Film Experience’s 10th anniversary event to award student filmmakers

City High School graduate Mariah Barrera will speak at the 10th anniversary celebration of The Mosaic Film Experience on Wednesday, Nov. 3...

District leaders: equalized state funding historic step toward equity

A $17 billion school spending plan for the first time equalizes per-pupil funding for all schools in Michigan – a prime goal of Proposal A more than 25 years ago...

Unearthing history: former principal collects artifacts from old Central High School

Yearbooks, photos and other artifacts dating as far back as the 19th century have been collected from the former Central High School, now Innovation Central...

Hurray, it’s back-to-school! Now what?

Educators and students across Kent County are excited by the return to in-person learning but face uncertainties around masking and the resurgent virus...

Post high school, she’s pursuing big dreams in the Big Apple

A year after graduating from high school during the pandemic lockdown, Mariah Barrera is wrapping up her first year at Columbia University in New York City...

Shibler to step down as district superintendent at year’s end

Michael Shibler, Kent County’s longest-serving superintendent and an educator for more than 50 years, announced his retirement as head of Rockford Public Schools, effective Dec. 31...

Students envision the ideal community: ‘divine and unique’

The Diatribe conducted a class at Ottawa Hills High School focusing on how racist policies contributed to segregated housing patterns in Grand Rapids...

Campsite classroom lets children learn in and from nature

Students at Valley View Elementary got to explore nature and reading thanks to a parent volunteer collaborating with teachers...

Livestream event aims to build safety, trust among students

A school/community mental health initiative is offering a program to help create a climate of safety and trust for Rockford students...

For this longtime family, GRPS is part of their ‘family forever’

The district’s 150th anniversary has crept up quietly due to the pandemic, but celebrations are coming later in the year...

The year of learning virtually: a challenge for students and teachers alike

Local districts are making adjustments to better serve their online students, even as more return to classrooms...

New director named to lead arts and technology center

Jamon Alexander, the new president and CEO of West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT), says he aims to lead the nonprofit’s programs for teens and adults through the challenges of cultural change brought on by the pandemic...

Students, teachers and parents climb the virtual learning curve

A year after schools statewide were forced to close their doors by a rampant virus, teachers and students alike have learned a ton about how to do online learning...
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