Education

6:36 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Kalamazoo Public Schools continue to work on homework policy

Policy uses standards from national Parent-Teachers Association and the National Education Association
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Three years after setting districtwide homework standards, officials at Kalamazoo Public Schools say the standards are working much better in the elementary grades compared to the middle and high schools. "The elementary teachers bought in, and bought in pretty quickly," KPS Superintendent Michael Rice said during a discussion of the policy at Thursday's school board meeting.
12:10 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Truancy rates vary but cause problems throughout state

Rates of students missing class are disproportionately high in urban areas with high poverty rates
  • Source: Bridgemi
  • | Via: The Center for Michigan
When Grand Rapids Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal visits schools and classrooms, she can't help but notice the empty seats. More than one in four students missed at least 10 days with unexcused absences in 2011-12, one of the highest rates in the state.
9:01 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Kalamazoo Public Schools' enrollment down slightly

Shrinking school age population and parents sending children to other districts seen as possible factors
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo Public Schools' fall student count is down for the first time since 2005, when The Kalamazoo Promise was first announced. Michael Rice, superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools, frequently refers to KPS as "the fastest-growing district" in the state.
7:06 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Common Core Senate hearing focuses on tests and state Board of Education

House has passed resolution to move ahead with new education standards
LANSING -- The Michigan Department of Education does not have an exact cost for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, two state Senate committees heard Wednesday, but education officials are limited in what actions they can take under the budget provision blocking funding for the standards.
7:07 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Battle Creek area schools cut teachers, but maintain experience

Older, more experienced teachers were spared from reductions
Area schools cut a 10th of their teaching staff over the past six years but retained their most experienced and well-educated instructors. Last school year, the 26 area school districts employed a combined 2,385 teachers, according to recently released state data.

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