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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 or email James.

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...

Maranda given 2019 Education Advocacy Award by Kent educators

West Michigan child and family advocate Maranda was awarded the 2019 Education Advocacy Award by the Kent Intermediate Association of School Boards...

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...

She got her start at Kent ISD’s Early Childhood Program after a ‘practice interview’

Ashley Karsten is the new director of Great Start Readiness Program at Kent ISD...

New robotics class brings 21st century tech skills

The class is new this year, as the district attempts to introduce its students to STEM courses earlier in their education...

New childcare training program includes classroom with one-way mirrors

A new childcare training and certification program offers up to eight hours of college credits to high school juniors and seniors who enroll in the program at Kent Transition Center...

Kevin Philipps joins Kent ISD as new financial chief, likes education’s collaborative approach

After spending the last 13 years as an administrator at East Grand Rapids Schools, Kevin Philipps is the new Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services at Kent ISD...

School starts Fridays with a dance party

Twenty minutes of frenetic movement builds pre-learning excitement, discourages tardiness and even gets parents in line...

Kent ISD chief looks ahead after high-profile firing

Kent ISD looking to restructure following dismissal of assistant superintendent...

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...

Kent ISD focused on improving outcomes for center-based special education students

Now that Kent ISD has completed its takeover of nine center-based special education programs, Director Paul Dymowski says it’s time to focus on improving outcomes for the nearly 1,400 students enrolled in the programs...

Kent ISD researcher appointed to panel on A-F school grading scale

Sunil Joy, a data researcher for Kent ISD, is one of five education experts appointed to a peer review panel that will review the state’s new A-F grading scale for public schools...

North Park Montessori School reopens after asbestos scare

North Park Montessori School is reopening for the new school year after getting a clean bill of health following an asbestos exposure scare last winter...

Cops and campers bond over cool summer experiences

Deputies from the Kent County Sheriff’s Department hosted a week-long day ‘Camp CP With A Deputy’ for fourth and fifth graders at Stoney Creek Elementary School. Camp organizer Julie Brown, a resource officer at Comstock Park High School, said the camp was designed to build rapport between youth and cops...

State legislators get schooled on effect of Michigan’s education cuts

School superintendents from Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties gave their state legislators an earful about how state funding cuts have impacted students during a meeting on Monday, June 24...

York Creek camp offers fun, art, skill-building – and, of course, food!

Children and teens who live at York Creek Apartments can find fun and free meals at the York Creek Summer Program, an eight-week camp experience sponsored by Comstock Park Public Schools, Wedgwood Christian Services and Comstock Park Community Outreach Partners and more...
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