Education

MATTAWAN, MI -- Robin Buchler, assistant superintendent for Mattawan Consolidated School , was offered the job as the district's next superintendent after a two-and-a-half hour board meeting Thursday. "Wow," Buchler said when contacted by speaker phone after the board vote. "I'm honored. Thank you so much. ... I'm excited to walk that walk with you." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

BENTON HARBOR - Benton Harbor school board members voted unanimously to suspend Superintendent Leonard Seawood with pay at a special meeting Thursday after an hour-long closed session. The resolution stated Seawood was being put on administrative non-disciplinary leave pending an investigation of a matter that was not disclosed. Board President Sharon James said before board members voted that, "The board of education is conducting business in a manner that is in the best interests of Benton Harbor Area Schools." (St. Joseph Benton Harbor Herald-Palladium)

Kevin Lavery, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) The state House has approved its plan to fund K-12 schools, colleges, and universities through the next fiscal year. 

Teacher training programs across Michigan have seen dramatic enrollment declines, threatening to create even more teacher shortages in hard-to-staff areas such as foreign languages, special education and early childhood programs. Statewide, enrollment in teacher prep programs declined 38% from 2008-09 to 2012-13, according to the most recent federal data available. Nationally, the drop was 30% during the same time period. (Detroit Free Press)

WMUK

A rally is being held Wednesday calling on Western Michigan University to divest its endowment from fossil fuels. The Earth Day rally is being organized by Students for a Sustainable Earth. 

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