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Migrant Students a Part of County’s Poverty Picture

In Kent City Community Schools, where some 53 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, the usual problems of poverty persist. But the issues are heightened because of the district’s significant migrant worker population working in northern...

Poverty Persists Out in the Country, Out of Sight

Nine-year-old Marisol is doing handstands and 16-year-old Rocio makes a peanut butter sandwich as their mother describes her dreams for them. “I want them to be self-sufficient,” Flossie Bliss says of her daughters, who also include Gloria, 13, and Stephanie,...

Beyond Reading and Writing: School Nurses Serve Main Point of Contact for Many Low-Income...

Editor's Note: The Burden of Poverty: A Backpack of Heartache is a continuing series examining the problems poverty creates for students and their families, plus the schools and strategies that are helping disadvantaged students succeed A student stays home sick because of problems with...

Dental Team Saving Teeth, School Days, in Districts with High Need

Editor's Note: The Burden of Poverty: A Backpack of Heartache is a continuing series examining the problems poverty creates for students and their families, plus the schools and strategies that are helping disadvantaged students succeed Fluoride flavor was a concern for Analashia Reid, a...

Not Your Father’s Poverty

We were poor but we didn’t know it. How often have you heard that comment from someone who has “made it” to describe their childhood?  Among my generation, my parents, and their parents, it was a standard comment when asked...

The Price of Poverty: Students Struggle to Overcome Families’ Financial Hardships

Editor’s note: This month, School News Network launches a continuing series on poverty in the schools and how it affects students’ learning. We will examine not only the problems poverty creates for students and their families, but the schools...

For Most Students, Achievement Reflects Income

The higher the poverty, the lower the test scores. That’s the general story of academic achievement in Kent County public schools. Further, students’ economic hardships unfairly penalize poorer school districts when it comes to statewide rankings of their performance, experts...

Student Describes Experiences, Obstacles of Living in Poverty

Lee High School senior Jordan Lovett headed to cross-country practice after her final class of the day. Along the way, she stopped to listen to a middle school student play his instrument. She then took a moment to chat with...

Principal Stresses ‘Education Is the Road Out of Poverty’

As a child growing up in inner-city Chicago, Kathryn Curry had friends who were at school one day and gone the next, after their families were evicted from their homes. She attended a funeral of a friend killed by a...

The Lost Decade

Now he tells us. In an extraordinarily introspective interview with The Bridge online magazine, state superintendent Mike Flanagan recently acknowledged Michigan was “10 years behind” high performing states such as Massachusetts and Minnesota in education achievement gains. Lost decades have typically...

With Everyone Else

School News Network Editor and Columnist Ron Koehler today announced he is abandoning his SNN column in favor of a blog post.  Koehler said … blah, blah, blah, blah blah.  "That news style and columnist stuff is so old, stuffy...

‘I Want to Make a Difference’

Gregoria Nava drives down a narrow lane through an apple orchard to a small cluster of migrant worker cabins. She’s come here on a mission: to persuade a teen mother to return to high school and get her diploma....

R.I.P. to Stereotypes of Low-income Students

They can’t learn like my other students. They’re too lazy to finish their homework. They’ll never go to college. They’ll live in poverty all their lives. When stereotypes of low-income students are given a proper burial, schools can see significant academic achievement, say...

“Please Sir, I Want Some More”

From our readers: “(SNN provides) First-hand accounts of how districts & staff are serving students and how student experiences are helping them grow and mature as individuals.” “(SNN) Gives an update on things happening in schools around the area that might...

Building a Talent Supply Chain

West Michigan rebounded from the 2007-09 recession by exceeding job growth in the nation as a whole by 500 percent.  To continue that trend, business and education must work hand-in-hand to help students get a better understanding of the...

Educators Urge State to Scrap ‘Flawed’ Performance Funding

Rockford Public Schools could lose $80,000 in the coming school year because of a supposed decline in academic achievement. Problem is, officials don't know exactly what the decline is. Because of a state funding category called Performance Based Bonus, Rockford...
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