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Superintendent Association committee zeros in on equity to improve gaps in education

A seven-member committee of local educators is working to address disparities in education that exist along along racial and socioeconomic lines. The group meets monthly with the goal of building awareness and working toward change...

Teens on the screen

This year’s festival featured 23 short films, chosen from among 43 entries. Films varied from thrillers to a claymation documentary about the environment...

Report on center-based special education programs provides ‘a path to move forward’

Kent ISD Superintendent Ron Caniff says a consultant’s report on the Center-based Special Education Programs offers a roadmap for the future...

College, careers and their dreams — focus of Latino Youth Conference

Several hundred Latino eighth-graders from schools throughout West Michigan braved slippery roads and chilly winds to join the 20th Annual Latino Youth Conference and hear about the power of their dreams...

Your opinions count!

What you think about SNN and your improvement ideas are vitally important. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to respond to our annual reader survey...

Teachers do the snow-day shuffle, trying to make up for lost instruction time

The mid-winter blitz of snow days has teachers trying to make up for lost instruction time, and reshuffling their lesson plans for the weeks to come...

Schools and agencies improvise to feed snowbound students during polar vortex

A collection of school and social improvised to keep kids and families fed last week when the Polar Vortex resulted in five days of school closings. Kids who were used to getting their meals at school were in danger of going hungry, according to local school administrators...

MSU finance study finds education funding going backwards, with Michigan dead last among the...

A study on Michigan school finance, detailing how state lags in revenue growth and student performance, calls for a more equitable funding system...

Schools work to minimize impact of #polarvortex2019 on district calendars, classrooms

As classes resume this week, principals and teachers are scrambling to make up for lost instruction time, as superintendents prepare to ask the state to ease rules on how many snow days they’re permitted...

Harvard-based Boston Basics localized to impact Kent County children

Educators are using research-based Success Basics, through home visits, parent resources and a website, to impact brain development of Kent County’s youngest children...

State program to fight racial bias in school discipline is moving ahead despite federal...

A federally funded program of the Michigan Department of Education supports school district efforts to reduce racial disparity in discipline by addressing together student issues of behavior and learning...

K-3 students earn real rewards for reading every day

A countywide library program entices students to read more, in response to a looming challenge: implementation of the third grade reading law...

Call for film fest entries

With its origins in Byron Center, the festival attracts hundreds of video submissions each year. Deadline this year is Feb. 8. Previously for high school students, a classroom category has been added for K-8...

State’s new letter-grade system for schools gets mixed reviews

New legislation means Michigan schools will receive grades in several categories, but no overall grade...

Students can enter Gerald R. Ford Essay Challenge

The President Gerald R. Ford Student Essay Challenge is open to all 9th through 12th grade students. Entries must be received by March 11, 2019...

Students bite into healthy eating, learn wellness tips

The Kent County Health Department’s new campaign, along with the YMCA, encourages students to eat those fruits and veggies, at home and in the school cafeteria...
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