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Some districts reschedule activities after EEE found in Kent County

Kent County school districts are taking precautions in scheduling sports events and other after-school activities following discovery of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in the autopsy of a deer in Kent County...

Michigan’s New ‘Read by Grade 3’ Law: A Guide for Parents

Parents helping their younger children transition into the regular routine of daily school attendance will find a new focus on reading as their schools and their teachers prepare students for Michigan’s new law requiring demonstrated reading competency to move from the third to fourth grade...

Dean Transportation: It’s all about the kids

Dean Transportation, which carries some 80,000 students to and from school in Michigan, operates on a philosophy of caring for each one of them under the leadership of Kellie Dean, a former special-education teacher...

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...

Kindergarten-readiness tests show need for early childhood programs

The good news? The first round of funding from a countywide early childhood millage approved by voters last fall will help establish those programs...

Health Department has one word for measles: vaccinate

While the recent measles scare may be over, the issues for parents, schools and communities remain...

SNN is having an impact on the perception of local education

Eighty-one percent of parents and 87 percent of school staff who are School News Network readers say that SNN helps them be more informed about their schools...

Pine Grove Learning Center offers profoundly challenged students an opportunity to learn

The Pine Grove Learning Center is where 103 of the most challenged special education students and their families in Southwest Kent County find unconditional acceptance. They also find an opportunity to learn and grow despite their physical and learning disabilities...

Students progress despite their impairments at Pine Grove Learning Center

Teachers at the Pine Grove Learning Center take the long approach as they work with severely impaired students who attend the center-based program, which will transition from Grand Rapids Public Schools to Kent ISD this summer...

Five percent of third-graders could face retention under cut score for reading M-STEP

The law was approved in 2016, requiring students more than one year behind grade-level in reading to repeat third grade and receive additional support...

‘Amazing’ teachers at Pine Grove offer a beacon of hope for students like Evan

Despite his multiple impairments, 14-year-old Evan Valdivia is learning to respond to others around him thanks to teamwork by his family and the staff at Pine Grove Learning Center...

Adults, students hold discourse on challenges facing teens

Kent County adults who work with youth in various fields joined several high school students in addressing that question during Wedgwood Christian Services’ recent State of the Child event ...

Final comments taken in K-12 Social Studies Standards debate

Local students and educators weighed in on on proposed Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards recently, adding their voices to five years of contentious debate...

Bond requests pass in Rockford, Lowell; maintenance levy fails in Sparta

Six districts passed requests, ranging from non-homestead millages to major bond proposals for new and revamped buildings...

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...
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