Melissa Benmark, WKAR

A bill meant to improve teacher evaluations across Michigan has cleared the state Senate. Similar legislation never got out of the Senate last year. 

Athens Area Schools Superintendent Rich Franklin will soon be leaving the district to take the top job at Barry Intermediate School District. Franklin, whose resignation is effective June 30, will be the next superintendent of Barry ISD, effective July 1, according to a news release. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

The Battle Creek Public Schools board voted Monday to keep the doors open at LaMora Park, but also decided to shutter Coburn in the face of declining enrollment and an anticipated budget shortfall. But the future of Coburn's building may be brighter than expected: Superintendent Linda Hicks said Community Action has expressed interest in leasing the space once the school is closed to provide Head Start services for local children. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

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The Chief Operating Officer of the United Way for the Greater Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region says a public-private partnership is a long-term effort to improve education. Chris Sargent says United4Change will require constant evaluation, making changes to the program and employing best practices. 

About a month after school board members decided to delay a vote on closing elementary schools, Battle Creek Public Schools Superintendent Linda Hicks’ recommendation to shutter LaMora Park and Coburn remains unchanged. The Battle Creek Public Schools board is expected to make a decision Monday on closing elementary schools. (Battle Creek Enquirer)