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Ron Koehler

Ron Koehler
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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

Stop the Churn

Another day, another seismic shift in Michigan education. Educators returned from their holiday break to learn, at 10:22 a.m. on a Wednesday, that Michigan had...

Kent ISD Superintendent Announces Retirement

Kent ISD Superintendent Kevin A. Konarska recently announced his plan to retire at the end of the current school year. Konarska led Kent ISD through...

In the Spirit of the Season

Thanks to our legislators who, in the spirit of the season and in a display of statesmanship, came together to pass a proposed constitutional...

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

Please, don’t take money from our children to pour concrete. Fixing Michigan’s crumbling transportation infrastructure is one of Michigan’s most vexing problems. Governor Snyder’s legislative...

Not Your Father’s Poverty

We were poor but we didn’t know it. How often have you heard that comment from someone who has “made it” to describe their childhood? ...

The Lost Decade

Now he tells us. In an extraordinarily introspective interview with The Bridge online magazine, state superintendent Mike Flanagan recently acknowledged Michigan was “10 years behind”...

With Everyone Else

School News Network Editor and Columnist Ron Koehler today announced he is abandoning his SNN column in favor of a blog post.  Koehler said...

“Please Sir, I Want Some More”

From our readers: “(SNN provides) First-hand accounts of how districts & staff are serving students and how student experiences are helping them grow and mature...

Building a Talent Supply Chain

West Michigan rebounded from the 2007-09 recession by exceeding job growth in the nation as a whole by 500 percent.  To continue that trend,...

What Do We Want For Our Kids?

This is not a column about school funding.  Let's get that out of the way right now. Instead, this is a column about what we...

Lee Honors the Past as it Prepares the Future

George Washington, Winston Churchill or even John F. Kennedy may be remote figures from the past for Lee High School students, not at all...

School Funding: Where Do We Go From Here?

There’s an ongoing debate about school funding in our state. The governor and legislators of his party claim they’ve contributed more to education in each...

Third Grade Reading and Reality

Just in time for the holidays, there are a new group of action figures fighting for Michigan’s third graders.  We’re not yet sure what...
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