Education

10:53 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Core K-12 curriculum support waivers

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Some Republicans in the state legislature say the national standards are an "overreach" that interferes with local control of schools. Supporters say they are needed to make sure Michigan students are ready for college.
Seven years ago, Michigan's Democratic and Republican lawmakers arrived at a rare moment of consensus: They agreed to dramatically raise the bar for high school graduation. A two-bill package passed the Senate without dissent, and there was just a smattering of no votes in the 110-member House.
Portage Superintendent Search
10:02 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Portage identifies sole finalist for superintendent

Portage Central High School - file photo
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Interview with Julie Mack

The Portage School Board has identified the candidate they want to interview as they search for a new superintendent. Greg Gray is currently the superintendent of the Brighton Area School District. 

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1:59 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Eight percent of teen girls in SW Michigan forced to have sex

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The survey in schools was sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- It appears young women in southwest Michigan are less likely to have experienced sexually assault compared to young women statewide. Still, one of every 12 high school girls in the region reports that she has been physically forced to have sexual intercourse, according to a 2011-12 survey.
WMUK News
9:21 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Debate over guns on college campuses

George Mason University student and former active duty Marine Andrew Dysart stands on the George Mason campus with an empty holster in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007. In the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, Dysart is advocating the right of students with concealed handgun permits to carry guns on campus for protection, a practice which is currently forbidden at George Mason.
Credit Melissa Golden / AP photo

As the debate over guns and gun-related violence continues around the country, many university presidents say guns should not be allowed on campus. Western Michigan University and other schools have long had strict rules on weapons that students and others must follow. But some students say the university’s policy conflicts with a state law allowing people with concealed weapon permits to bring their guns to campus.

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8:12 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Seasonal education jobs help unemployment rate drop 0.1%

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A regional analyst from the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Relations & Strategic Initiatives says jobs in healthcare, construction, seasonal retail trade jobs, some social services, and leisure and hospitality all fell in February.
KALAMAZOO, MI - The unemployment rate for the Kalamazoo-Portage area remained almost unchanged in February vs. January, mirroring the experience of most other regions of the state. Jobless rates inched down in February in nine of the 12 regional counties tracked by the state.

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