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Ron Koehler is the Kent ISD Assistant Superintendent and offers his commentary on issues in education. Read Ron's full bio

Superintendent: It’s a Tough Job

There may be no tougher job than that of a school superintendent. I’ve worked with nearly 100 in Kent ISD alone over the past two decades. All were smart, caring and compassionate people. All were subject to withering criticism

Actions speak louder than words

Our lack of concern for children begins far earlier than their exposure to gunfire by individuals who can legally obtain assault weapons in virtually every jurisdiction within the U.S.

One Size Just Does Not Fit All

Nobody needs to tell a parent every child is different. All bring different gifts to the party, and no two are alike in their interests, their physical and mental development, their aptitude and abilities. Our state pounds the same square peg...

Thank You

I'd like to take the promise of this holiday season to thank all who work with children, with adolescents and young adults to help them become the men and women who will someday lead our community and our country. There...

Be There: Absence is a Dead End

Turns out, comedian and director Woody Allen was pretty much right when he said 80 percent of success is showing up. In school, as in life, absence is a dead end. Kent ISD and its member superintendents in 2016 adopted...

Fred Thorne: 47 Years of Service to Children

Fred Thorne gave all but 30 of his 77 years to the children of Sparta and Kent County as a quietly competent and humble school board member who was supportive of staff and committed to creating new opportunities for...

A $1.48 Trillion Problem

$1.48 trillion. It’s a big number. And it’s a huge problem. $1.48 trillion is the amount of college debt owed by U.S. citizens who’ve had to borrow to attend college. It’s a debt that’s growing at the rate of $2,726 every...

If It Ain’t Broke, Break It!

People continually reference President Trump's ghostwritten book "The Art of the Deal" while struggling to understand his communication techniques and tirades, searching for some rationale or recognizable governing strategy. Perhaps, instead, they should assume the better description for Trump's governance...

College? Careers? Where’s the Gap?

We need more college graduates. We need more work-ready high school graduates. We, as educators, want clarity. Which is it? We need both. The skills for success in both areas are largely the same. And, for the most part, we're not teaching them. Why?...

ACA Repeal Threatens Student Academic Achievement

Lost in the debate surrounding the repeal of the Affordable Care Act is the potentially disastrous effect dramatic reductions in Medicaid funding will have on health care for children, one of the few universally recognized success stories in health...

Thank You!

Kent County voters on May 2 turned out to the polls and expressed confidence in their schools by approving a ballot proposal that will provide crucial support to all 20 districts in Kent ISD. The enhancement millage will yield...

Representative Democracy?

In the shadow of the state House of Representatives failed vote earlier this year to roll back income taxes came three items of interest recently. They suggest legislators should pump the brakes before they revisit the issue or, perhaps,...

Couldn’t Be More Wrong

You've gotta hand it to President Trump. He just keeps smashing conventional belief. And, in some instances, universally accepted research. The president's budget blueprint vaporized the one principle that is universally accepted in education: An effective teacher is the best...

Change, for Change’s Sake

The new session of the Michigan Legislature started recently and it didn't take long for populist priorities to start flowing. Eliminate the income tax. Eliminate prevailing wage laws. Eliminate the Common Core, er, the Michigan Content Standards. Why eliminate the...

No Time for a Victory Lap

Michigan residents hoping to learn more about Gov. Snyder's education agenda didn't get much to chew on in his seventh, and penultimate, State of the State address. No sneak preview of recommendations from his 21st Century Commission on Education, but...
Ron Koehler

Ron Koehler

Commentary from Kent ISD Assistant Superintendent
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Superintendent: It’s a Tough Job

There may be no tougher job than that of a school superintendent. I’ve worked with nearly 100 in Kent ISD alone over the past two decades. All were smart, caring and compassionate people. All were subject to withering criticism

Actions speak louder than words

Our lack of concern for children begins far earlier than their exposure to gunfire by individuals who can legally obtain assault weapons in virtually every jurisdiction within the U.S.

One Size Just Does Not Fit All

Nobody needs to tell a parent every child is different. All bring different gifts to the party, and no two are alike in their interests, their physical and mental development, their aptitude and abilities. Our state pounds the same square peg...
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