Kalamazoo Promise

10:37 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Politico: Can the Promise Save Kalamazoo?

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"Kalamazoo had been a center for educational innovation for decades—and as such, a great place for an urban experiment that revolved around free college."
For weeks there were whispers. And then one night in November 2005, hundreds of parents, teachers, and students crammed into a big Art Deco recital hall south of downtown. Janice Brown, the superintendent of the Kalamazoo schools, had an announcement to make, and it was even more surprising than the rumors that preceded it: Kalamazoo, small, struggling...
Learning Network
7:12 am
Wed February 26, 2014

WSW: A Culture of Learning

Kalamazoo school bus - file photo
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WestSouthwest with the Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo

The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo was launched in 2011 as a collaborative effort to get every child in Kalamazoo County ready for school, college and beyond. 

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1:25 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Examining the Effectiveness of "Promise Like" Programs in Kalamazoo and Other Cities

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The New Republic considers studies from the Upjohn Institute and other sources in analysis of scholarship programs
If a college degree is becoming as essential as a high school diploma was a generation ago, why not make college free? This was the essential question behind an ongoing experiment called the Kalamazoo Promise, launched in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in 2005.
WMU Community Empowerment Center
8:05 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

WSW: WMU's Community Empowerment Center

Project Connect in Kalamazoo connects families to free services - file photo
Credit WMUK

WestSouthwest with Teresa Bingman

Western Michigan University launched the Community Empowerment Center last year to address the issue of poverty. 

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WMU Empowerment Center
6:44 am
Mon February 10, 2014

WMU Empowerment Center Works to Reduce Poverty and Inequality

Teresa Bingman says the Kalamazoo Promise can be one tool to help get people out of poverty
Credit WMUK

Interview with Teresa Bingman

    

Western Michigan University launched the Community Empowerment Center in 2013. 

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