"KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education on Thursday approved a 2015-16 general fund budget of almost $142 million, up an estimated $6.3 million or 4.6 percent from the current year." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

"KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo Promise "significantly" increases college college graduation rates and offers a substantial return on the dollars spent, according to the first major study of the scholarship program's post-secondary outcomes." (Kalamazoo Gazette)

Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Bills that would allow the state to intervene more quickly when school districts run into money troubles are on their way to Governor Rick Snyder. The so-called “early warning” bills would trigger an escalating set of measures when a school district runs into difficulty. The measures would first have intermediate school districts step to assist in developing a fiscal recovery plan. If that fails, the state could intervene up to naming an emergency manager.

"The Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents have unanimously approved a 7.8 percent tuition hike. The increase exceeds a state-imposed tuition cap, forfeiting the university’s ability to receive approximately one million dollars in funds." (WDET)

"The Battle Creek Public Schools board approved Monday 23 layoffs for the next school year. The 23 cuts included six teachers, two of whom are special education teachers; 10 paraprofessionals, three secretaries, two interventionists and two contract employees, one of which is a truancy officer." (Battle Creek Enquirer)