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TK Bond Request to Focus on Security, Technology

Enhanced security, technology upgrades and necessary maintenance are the focus of a "no frills" $6 million bond issue for Thornapple Kellogg voters May 6. A steep decline in per-pupil funding, compounded by increasing fuel costs and student support expenses makes...

Security, Technology Upgrades Key to EGR Bond Request

Student safety, maintenance and district technology improvements would be funded by a $30.9 million bond issue that will be put before East Grand Rapids voters on May 6. All are necessary enhancements and all are beyond what the district can...

‘I Did That Too’: Child of Migrant Camps Helps Hispanic Students

Another day at Alpine Elementary is winding down when Sylvia Saucedo-DeVries looks up to see a young man come in the office. Miguel Vega, 18, attended this school as a child and wants to say hi to his former...

How Are Districts Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students?

Challenged with designing a structure to safely hold a raw egg when dropped from several feet above the floor, Oriole Park Elementary School third and fourth-grade students started brainstorming in groups. "We can use the six cotton puffs under the...

Helping Schools Prep for Online Testing

Nearly $100 million in grant money is helping school districts across the state update their technology so students can take standardized tests like the MEAP online.  The switch to online tests means students will get more help where they...

Teachers and School Open Doors of Possibility to Migrant Children

Esteban and Maria Ordaz, parents of Kent City Elementary third- and fourth-grade sisters Romalda and Rufina, immigrated from Mexico 12 years ago. They spend summers and early falls in Michigan picking apples at orchards, but leave for southern climates...

Third-grade Reading Legislation Could Hold Back Thousands

Brown Elementary School students discussed the actions of a boasting rabbit and patient tortoise in Gayle Corey’s third-grade class as they considered characters, setting, problem and solution in Aesop’s classic fable. Then Corey challenged them to write a summary. “Go back,...

Superintendents Join Forces to Improve Regional Reading Scores

West Michigan educators are taking a collaborative approach to boost third-grade student reading proficiency up to the 80 percent mark in five years. Superintendents are joining forces in the new Region 3West Michigan K-3 Reading Now Network to glean knowledge...

School Leaders Help Migrant Students Realize Possibilities

The contribution by migrant workers to the economy is undeniable, with the literal fruits of their labor evident on grocery store shelves and in the millions of bushels of apples harvested and cherished in Michigan each fall. Migrants come...

Time to say goodbye: After the Fall, migrant students head south

Editor's Note: This is the first in a three-part series about the migrant studentpopulation and how teachers and administrators work together to serve them. The series focuses on Kent City Community Schools. Migrant workers’ contributions to the economy are undeniable,...

Embezzlement Case Raises Safeguard Issues for Schools

As parent-run youth sports programs go, this one seemed to be thriving. More than 100 third- through sixth-grade girls competed in volleyball against girls from five other programs, learned skills from high school players and got to attend summer...

School Funding: Where Do We Go From Here?

There’s an ongoing debate about school funding in our state. The governor and legislators of his party claim they’ve contributed more to education in each of the years the governor has submitted a budget.  School administrators and Democrats claim education...

Third Grade Reading and Reality

Just in time for the holidays, there are a new group of action figures fighting for Michigan’s third graders.  We’re not yet sure what mom and dad think about these new heroes, who are fighting for literacy at grade...
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