2:55 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

More School Time for Kids in Portage, Mattawan

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The changes mean that Portage must add four days to its school calendar while Mattawan cuts back on half-days and extends class hours for elementary students.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Students in Portage, Mattawan and Climax-Scotts are among those who will be spending more time in the classroom this year, the result of changes in state regulations regarding the minimum number of instructional days and hours. In 2013-14, public schools had to provide 170 days of instruction, with a total of 1,098 hours.
8:33 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Help Available for Calhoun County's First Generation College Students

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County's poverty rate is strongly linked to educational attainment
Ana Martinez, 18, a recent Battle Creek Central graduate, first of her family to go to college, will attend Grand Valley State University for accounting in the fall.
6:07 am
Mon August 18, 2014

More Michigan Families Take Advantage of Pre-Kindergarten Education

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Great Start program is credited with preparing young children for kindergarten
The state's Great Start Readiness Program is one of Gov. Rick Snyder's big priorities.
6:10 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Hearing Wednesday on Future of Testing in Michigan

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Future of testing in state has been in flux because of debate over "common core"
The Education Department planned to replace its state exams in key subjects with a new test, the Smarter Balanced Assessment, beginning in Spring 2015. That test, based on the Common Core State Standards, would have been given to students in elementary, middle and high schools.
9:06 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Demolition Begins on Final Wing of WMU's East Hall

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Crews expect to have demolition work done by the end of August
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI - Workers began razing the remaining wing of East Hall on Tuesday - one of the final chapters in the demolition. Workers started at the north-most wall, with a Bierlein excavator reaching up to the roof's peak and pulling down the bricks. By Tuesday afternoon, the wall was gone down to the basement.