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‘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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...
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