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Competing Plans to Fix Roads Produced Proposal 1, Lawmakers Say

State Rep. Robert VerHeulen, R-Walker, isn't saying how he will vote on the May 5 ballot proposal that would provide funding for roads, schools and local governments. But he's adamant about cautioning voters that there is no secret "plan...

Banking on Parent Educators, Parents As Educators

In a room designated for storytelling at the Wyoming branch of the Kent District Library, Ethel Rodriguez spoke in Spanish with Careni and Joel Solis about ways to best help their son, Ivan, 3, and daughter, Melanie, 5 months,...

Senator Talks Talent with Students, Educators, Employers

Senator Debbie Stabenow invited a group of some 40 employers, local school, college and skilled trades group representatives to join her at Kent Career Tech Center this week to brainstorm about the work-talent gap. “The hands-on, making things and building...
Students from Hudsonville Public Schools won the first Youth Collaboration Award in 2016 (photo courtesy of ArtPrize)

June 7 deadline for new Educator Award plus Youth Collaboration competition at ArtPrize

Area schools can register (for free) to participate in the Youth Collaboration part of ArtPrize. With the sponsorship of Western Michigan University, student teams will be eligible to win one of two cash prizes of $2,500, selected by public vote and experts. Registration is open through June 7...

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...

Celebrating a Decade of Literacy Coaching

It was an hour before her next class -- three classes, three lesson plans at once, actually -- and Kent City art teacher Amy Foster was already in the hot seat. But she did ask for it. Foster, who...

Blandford Expansion Grows Nature’s Learning Lab for Students

Generations of students have trekked the wooded trails of Blandford Nature Center, explored its mucky frog pond and plant-rich meadows, and learned about the ways of owls and turtles in its educational programs. For many, it has been a...

Statewide Study Shows True Cost of Educating a Child

What’s the actual annual baseline cost of educating a student to proficiency in Michigan? At minimum, nearly $2,000 more than we’re spending now, according to a newly released study that exhaustively examines school funding in Michigan. The current state funding...

New leader for Center-based Special Education programs named

Paul Dymowski will oversee the transition of special education centers from Grand Rapids Public Schools to Kent ISD and will become the program's day-to-day administrator when the transition is complete in July 2019...

Should I Stop or Should I Go? Too Many Motorists Don’t Know

When you see red lights on the school bus start flashing in front of you, it always means stop, right? And when you see yellow hazard lights flashing down low on the school bus in front of you, it always...

America the Beautiful? Absolutely, as Sung by Art Teacher and Students

Editor's note: This is a personal reflection from Charles Honey, who covers Northview Public Schools for School News Network.  Are you sick of the daily news showing us what a cafeteria food-fight our government has become, and how formerly friendly...

A student’s perspective on March for Our Lives: ‘I helped make that happen’

Northview High School junior Morgan King shares her perspective on the March for Our Lives and the student movement to make schools safer

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...

Not Your Older Sister’s Career Fair

MiCareerQuest 2015 Draws 6,000 Teens to DeVos Place

‘Our Districts Can’t Continue on This Path’

Superintendent Mike Weiler says he wants to provide the best programs and opportunities he can for the 1,340 students of Kent City Community Schools, the smallest school district in Kent County. But he looks back at years of stagnant...

Students Come Together to Help Hurricane Recovery

Editor's note: Schools throughout Kent ISD are pitching in to help Southern state residents recover from hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Following is a sampling of their work, including classroom learning related to the storms. Comstock Park Students at Pine Island Elementary...
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