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A and B student strives for success, from a motel room

A homeless Kent County teen talks about stressors, family, schoolwork and life in a motel...

Storybooks distributed to Kent County children for Christmas

Early education students are receiving their very own copies of 'The Gruffalo,' an award-winning storybook that has sold more than 13 million copies...

‘It’s more than just me’

He couch-surfed as a homeless teen. Now Ja-Quari Moore-Bass works with other youth to help create a blueprint for housing that combines shelter with mentorship and a plan for success...

‘I would love to have a house that I own where my kids could...

Local coalition’s research shows one in seven African American children in Kent County were in the homeless system in 2018...

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...

Maranda given 2019 Education Advocacy Award by Kent educators

West Michigan child and family advocate Maranda was awarded the 2019 Education Advocacy Award by the Kent Intermediate Association of School Boards...

Educators back bill on more flexibility in graduation requirements

West Michigan school superintendents are asking state legislators and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to pass a law that would give students more flexibility in earning credits towards graduation...

Protecting cyber security in schools: ‘This is kind of scary’

A cyber security event at Kent ISD on Halloween was designed to make the prospect of an attack on school data a little less frightening...

Simple plans, solid training, most effective for school emergency response

West Michigan school representatives learned do’s and don’ts of emergency response at workshop emphasizing simple plans that staff can remember...

Halloween-day change brings ‘treat’ for local schools

New agreement with Switch, Caledonia, Kent ISD, to prevent school funding losses due to tax abatements...

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...
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