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James Harger 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. Read James' full bio.

Turning the (multiplication) tables

The Michigan Mathematics Educators (MichME) initiative is changing the way math is taught in West Michigan schools, one teacher and classroom at a time. After four years, the program has rewired the way math is taught by more than 250 educators and administrators...

Students invited to demo their social skills app at Samsung conference

3D Animation students from the Tech Center are headed to a Samsung development conference in San Francisco with their teacher to show off a 3D smartphone app they developed for autistic teens...

Helping young children the purpose of countywide millage request

Early childhood advocates in Kent County are hoping voters will approve a .25 mill proposal to fund programs to help prepare children for kindergarten...

Six school districts seek tax approvals on Nov. 6 ballot

Voters in six Kent County school districts will be asked to vote on school tax proposals that can be found on the second page of their ballot Nov. 6...

‘I deserve to live my life’

Suicide survivor and author Kevin Hines spoke with a standing-room only group of students, parents and educators at Developing Healthy Kids VII...

Kent ISD special ed chief tapped for national post

Laurie VanderPloeg looks at the job as both an educator and as a parent of a special-needs child. She hopes to address barriers to careers in the field, as well as negative news about educators...

Kent ISD workshop shows parents how to help students explore careers

Equipping parents with material, advice, to coach their teens on career choices...
‘Light Up the World,’ was chosen the winner of the sixth annual SmartArt competition among Grand Rapids Public Schools’ high school students. The contest is sponsored by Consumers Energy.

GRPS student artwork wins competition, sheds light on hope for the world

City High senior wins a $1,000 scholarship for her entry in Consumers Energy's student art competition...

New leader for Center-based Special Education programs named

Paul Dymowski will oversee the transition of special education centers from Grand Rapids Public Schools to Kent ISD and will become the program's day-to-day administrator when the transition is complete in July 2019...

Transferring special education centers to Kent ISD makes sense, consultant says

National special education consultant weighs in on GRPS board decision on center-based programs...

Hey, budding writers: get published & win cash

Short stories can be submitted at www.writemichigan.org through Friday, Nov. 30.

James Harger

Over decades of covering the West Michigan business community, I kept hearing the refrain from employers: We need workers who are trained to do the job and able to learn the new jobs. Education is where the rubber hits...

Kent ISD creates new position to promote diversity, combat racism

New Kent ISD director aims to make sure “all of the kids in the village are taken care of”...

Former homecoming king knows grades matter… and a little AC/DC helps

Former high school jock and homecoming king Ryan Graham is now the team captain at the Tech Center...

Once he knew the why, ‘Everything fell into place’

Jeff Bush, the new principal at Kent Innovation High School, was not a star student when he was in high school...

Grand Rapids Public Museum sponsor to help rural schools come visit

Educators from rural schools who would like to bring students to visit the museum this fall may be able to get transportation reimbursement according to an Aug. 21 announcement by the museum and Crystal Flash...
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