6:50 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Civil Rights Complaint Filed Against Mattawan Football Coach, Administration

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Matt Stephens has acknowledged that he "sometimes made comments that were not well thought out and in retrospect I wish I hadn't said"
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
MATTAWAN, MI -- An attorney representing a Mattawan High School football parent has filed a federal civil rights complaint claiming Mattawan administration has not properly addressed racist, sexist and other inappropriate comments made by varsity football coach Matt Stephens. The complaint was filed last week by attorney Nancy Mullett, who is representing Lawrence Curtis, father of the team's starting quarterback.
7:28 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Lawmaker Seeks Moratorium on New Charter Schools

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Detroit Free Press series in June uncovered problems with charter school accountability
Legislation would put hold on new charters until transparency, ethics issues addressed State Rep. Sarah Roberts is expected to introduce legislation today that would prohibit new charter schools from opening in Michigan until standards governing transparency, ethics and accountability are adopted.
6:07 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Battle Creek School Board Praises Superintendent's Leadership

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Linda Hicks says she's pleased with the board's evaluation of her performance
The Battle Creek Public Schools Board of Education on Monday night approved a new evaluation for Superintendent Linda Hicks, describing her as a highly competent leader who exceeds the board's expectations. The action followed a two-hour closed session that ended about 10:05 p.m.
7:27 am
Fri September 12, 2014

State Superintendent Says 48 School Districts Face Deficit

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Proposed legislation would create "early warning" system for school districts
LANSING, MI - Forty-eight school districts and public school academies in Michigan ended the 2013 Fiscal Year with a deficit, according to the Michigan Department of Education. That number was 52, but two districts were dissolved, one consolidated with another district and one charter academy was closed by its authorizer.
7:16 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Enrollment Up in Kalamazoo County Schools, but Not Number of Teachers

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Analysis looks at numbers for districts based in Kalamazoo County
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo County public school students and teachers seem to be doing more with less in recent years. In the past five years, K-12 expenditures are down and there are fewer teachers in Kalamazoo County classrooms, but reading test scores have improved, as have the number of high school juniors who are testing as college-ready.