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‘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...

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...

“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...

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,...

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...

Beyond Teen Nation, Students Battle Bullying Every Day

Walking down a hallway of Kenowa Hills High School, Karley Lynn Mead said not everyone sees the bullying that sometimes goes on in her...

What Do We Want For Our Kids?

This is not a column about school funding.  Let's get that out of the way right now. Instead, this is a column about what we...

Year-round School Calendars May Not Suit All Districts, Administrators Say

Michigan students have gotten used to clearing out lockers during the first week of June with a long summer stretching lazily ahead. A post-Labor...

New Machines Aim to Reduce Injuries, Respond to Growing Concerns about Concussion

Kenowa Hills sophomore Faith Swieringa carries a fingernail-size scar above her right eye. Lacrosse? Nope, cheerleading. She got it from being accidentally whacked during...

Students Suffer as Schools Struggle with Budget Shortages

When Christie Ramsey's son Michael was in first grade in Rockford Public Schools, there were about 20 students in his class and a paraprofessional...

TV Security Report Prompts Corrected ‘Mistakes’

Although a recent TV report revealed weaknesses in Rockford schools' security system, Superintendent Michael Shibler said he's not sorry he cooperated with the project."I...

‘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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...
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