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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, Religion News Service and the Aquinas College alumni magazine. Read Charles's full bio.

GRPS will conduct nationwide search for next superintendent

The Grand Rapids Board of Education is embarking on a national search for a new superintendent to succeed Teresa Weatherall Neal, who retires effective July 1. The board voted Monday, Jan. 14 to conduct the search nationwide...

GRPS board plans next steps for superintendent search

The board is aiming to make a decision by April for a successor to Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal, who will retire at the end of June after more than seven years of leading GRPS...

New foundation director sees ‘so much possibility’ for GRPS

As head of a nonprofit that invested more than $1.9 million in GRPS in the 2017-18 school year, Sally Andreatta aims to do even more to support the schools, with a new strategic plan, greater fundraising and more ambitious programming...

Catch a falling star & put it in your heart

In a visit to Valley View Elementary School, Patricia Polacco, the award-winning author of over 100 children’s books, told students a true story about wishing on a falling star -- or wishing for a better world...

From Rockford to Florida, with love: 4,000 books

What started as an informal conversation between friends ended up with students from Meadow Ridge Elementary sending some 4,000 books to 850 students at a Florida school...

Academy aims to groom future teachers for GRPS

A partnership between Grand Rapids Public Schools and Ferris State University, the Academy of Teaching and Learning aims to motivate students to go into teaching...

Students celebrate Thanksgiving with a smart mouse and other literary characters

Students followed their book reports with a reader’s theater presentation about Thanksgiving under the direction of teacher Rachel Devereaux. They then joined students from Jill Gumbs’ and Kimberly Fink’s classes for a parade through the halls...

Rehearsing for the worst: ‘The objective is to save lives’

Sad but necessary: That’s the common view of the lockdown drills that are part of normal school life for today’s students. School News Network was allowed to witness one such drill at the Rockford Freshman Center...

Town halls give residents chance to weigh in on next superintendent

Residents will have four opportunities next week to have input on the next superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools. Town hall meetings are being held Monday through Thursday, Nov. 26-29, for people to share their thoughts on the characteristics...

U.S. Marine turned teacher honored as ‘Proud Michigan Educator’

A veteran of the U.S. Marines who survived a horrific helicopter crash, and now teaches math and science at Innovation Central High School, has been honored for his service to students and country...

In mixed millage results, approvals for five districts but setback for one

While five local school districts won tax request approvals from voters, a defeat in Caledonia will cost the district more than $150,000 in revenue...

Politically engaged, though not all of voting age

From canvassing for candidates to registering voters – or voting themselves – some area students have been active in the midterm elections...
Superintendent Michael Shibler said renewal of Rockford’s non-homestead property tax and restoration of the state-authorized 18 mills would mean $5.5 million for district operations

Approval of two-part millage request ‘imperative,’ Shibler says

Rockford voters will be asked Nov. 6 to both renew the existing non-homestead property tax millage, and restore it to the full 18 mills authorized by the state...

For newcomers to America, a ‘fighting chance’ at a good education

The number of students being helped is down drastically this fall, following the Trump administration’s ban on immigrants from seven countries and sharp reductions in refugees allowed into the country...

Attempted suicide survivor to speak on ‘bridge of hope’

Kevin Hines, whose struggle with bipolar disorder led him to attempt suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, will speak about the painful realities of mental illness as part of Rockford Public Schools’ Developing Healthy Kids series...

‘Ram pride: He lived it’

When Ryan Kelley retires on Dec. 31, he will do so as an educator who’s played just about every position while always keeping his eye on the ball: the success and welfare of students...
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‘I gave it my all’

Retiring after seven years as superintendent, and 44 working for Grand Rapids Public Schools, Teresa Weatherall Neal said she is proud of the work she did to help students believe in themselves...

Brother and sister work hard for ‘a better future, a better life’

Anyelin and Yustin Vasquez Lopez left a dangerous life in Guatemala to achieve academic excellence and set career goals in America...

Students bond with seniors by writing their stories

Fifth-graders paired up with seniors to interview and write biographies of them, forming friendships and finding connections in learning about their lives...
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