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James Harger

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James Harger left School News Network in January of 2020. James previously reported on West Michigan's economy, courts and politics for The Grand Rapids Press and Mlive.com for more than 37 years. He also is employed as Servanthood Leader at Immanuel Lutheran Church in downtown Grand Rapids. A graduate of Central Michigan University, he also has worked for publications in Holland, Mount Pleasant and Lansing. He is married to Lisa and has one daughter, who lives in Ann Arbor.

Students bypass stodgy classics for books they enjoy reading

Students at Comstock Park High School are being encouraged to choose books they enjoy reading and bypass the stodgy classics that once were the backbone of high school lit classes...

‘It only takes one’

Bernice Wisnieski, a second grade teacher at Sibley Elementary School, and her sister, Mary Musto, a teaching consultant at Kent ISD, have teamed up to publish “It Only Takes One Caring Heart,” a children’s book that teaches inclusiveness in the classroom...

Third graders learn to listen — with help from drums, other noisemakers

Students from schools throughout West Michigan get introduced to the big world of percussion instruments through presentations by Bill Vits, principal percussionist for the Grand Rapids Symphony...

Educators back bill on more flexibility in graduation requirements

West Michigan school superintendents are asking state legislators and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to pass a law that would give students more flexibility in earning credits towards graduation...

Flex Academy offers students another path to graduation

The new academy, which replaces the Career Academy, is staffed by one full-time teacher. Several other teachers drop by during appointed hours to help out in specific subjects...
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