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Erin Albanese
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Erin Albanese has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2013. Read Erin's full bio

The world is now the stage for graduate who overcame behavioral issues

Shamar is known as a jokester, a fun-loving, energetic student. He dreams of becoming a professional actor. But he spent several years constantly in trouble and struggling to find his way...

Bond requests pass in Rockford, Lowell; maintenance levy fails in Sparta

Six districts passed requests, ranging from non-homestead millages to major bond proposals for new and revamped buildings...

‘From absolutely nothing to this full production’

It was three months before the spring play. There was no script and no plot, just the shadow of personalities students would soon embody as their own creations...

‘We all aspire to learn more’

Celebrating 30 years as a post-secondary college experience in the arts and sciences, the academy serves students with education and a place to belong...

She focuses on words and beyond, helping ELL students be successful

As an EL teacher and club adviser, Christy Tripp-Arkema advocates for students, serving as a bridge and a voice. She’s a high-energy, passionate instructor who learns along with her students and makes sure they have what they need to be successful...

For some students, graduating takes five or six years — ‘and that’s OK’

Districts including Kentwood, Grand Rapids and Wyoming face distinct challenges in their four-year grad rates, partly because of their large immigrant/English-language learner populations. But they are making progress under the radar...

Students share art with the community

The Wyoming Wolves are spreading their artistic purple flair across town. Local businesses are showcasing the art of Wyoming High School students as part of a new program, 'Paint the Town Purple'...

Inadequate funding – even in affluent districts – still short-changes students

It’s not just poorer districts feeling the pain from Michigan’s inadequate school funding, officials say. Higher-income districts are also pinched by the funding formula and having to make cuts...

District faces dilemma of budget reality contrasted with community perception

When it comes to the financial state of Caledonia Community Schools, there’s a disparity between public perception and reality, says Superintendent Dedrick Martin...

Middle schoolers design mini spaces with artistic style and flair

Students emulated artists’ styles and design principles, just one project teacher Janine Campbell challenges them with so they can create art with a client or career field in mind...
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Documentary focuses on anxiety, related issues

A film and conversation about raising awareness around anxiety will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at Kent Career Tech Center, 1655 E. Beltline Ave. SE...

Non-homestead renewal up for vote in Kentwood Public Schools

Voters will consider on Tuesday, May 7 renewing the current 10-year operating millage, an assessment of 18 mills on non-homestead properties...

Byron Center voters to consider Headlee Rollback

Voters on May 7 will consider a Headlee Override Millage proposal to bring the district’s operating millage back up to 18 mills and recapture revenue...

GRCC to host summer camp with musicians who mash classical, popular genres

ESME band members are challenging middle and high school students to blend modern and classical music during intensive summer experience...

‘He’s ready for the world’

Byron Center High School senior Nik Ursiny will graduate May 23 after learning to manage and overcome physical and mental conditions -- taking hold of his own story and advocating for himself...

Educators say it’s urgent to bring more teachers of color into the pipeline

More than 100 educators gathered at Kent ISD to address the need to recruit, hire and retain teachers of color to serve a growingly diverse population of students...
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‘You got this’

In response to notes left on the wall, passersby leave messages of encouragement...

Overcoming homelessness to get her degree, she’s ready to help others

Jordan Lovett, once homeless, graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She is eager to advocate for others facing similar struggles to her own...

Local students take top prizes in Dyer-Ives poetry competition

Aliya Hall of Godwin Heights High School won first place for her poem 'Hawk Island Girl' while Alissa Vezikov of East Rockford Middle School won first place for her poem 'Grief'...
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