KALAMAZOO, MI -- As Kalamazoo-area high schools gear up to administer the Michigan Merit Exam this week, frustrated educators say changes in state assessment testings are creating maximum headaches for minimal gain in measuring student progress. This year, Michigan students are taking new tests, in new formats at a different time of year -- and another set of changes will be introduced in 2015-16.


(Lansing-MPRN) State lawmakers have approved diverting surplus school aid revenues to help close a $400 million dollar budget hole. The legislation would shift $250 million dollars in money originally earmarked for the state’s School Aid Fund. Another bill in the package would make cuts to several state departments. 

Western Michigan University

The man who helped establish the current home of Western Michigan University’s Lee Honors College has died. A news release from the university says Carl Lee died on Sunday, he was 96. Lee and his wife Winifred pledged $500,000 in 1988 to build the home of what is now the Lee Honors College. A $1.1-million contribution from the family in 2012 allowed for the expansion and renovation of the building. 

Correction: An earlier version of this story said Carl Lee and his wife helped establish WMU's Lee Honors College. The college was actually launched in the 1960's before Lee and his wife donated the money for the new building. 


Bitter cold weather and snow continues to cause Michigan schools to cancel days.

Many Michigan school districts have already called off classes for six or more days. That’s the limit on how many days schools can close without tacking on extra time at the end of the school year.

One state lawmaker says it’s time to allow districts to cancel more days without having to make up that time later.

Kurt Droppers was one of five candidates interviewed by the board on Tuesday