SW Michigan

9:01 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Kalamazoo Public Schools' enrollment down slightly

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Shrinking school age population and parents sending children to other districts seen as possible factors
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Kalamazoo Public Schools' fall student count is down for the first time since 2005, when The Kalamazoo Promise was first announced. Michael Rice, superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools, frequently refers to KPS as "the fastest-growing district" in the state.
12:22 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

State says bids for private prisons show no savings

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Officials say both bids by private companies to run prisons were above the state's operating cost
LANSING - The state of Michigan won't transfer prisoners to a privately run prison because two private firms who bid on the work submitted prices higher than what the Department of Corrections spends now, a state government spokesman said.
11:59 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Southwest Michigan lawmaker proposes "meth registry" for state

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Current law caps amount of pseudophedrine people can buy in a day or month
LANSING, MI -- The " Breaking Bad" fiction ended this week, but methamphetamine production and use remains a very real problem in Michigan. "It has just an absolutely devastating impact on families, on kids and really on the health and wellness of communities," said state Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph.
7:06 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Common Core Senate hearing focuses on tests and state Board of Education

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House has passed resolution to move ahead with new education standards
LANSING -- The Michigan Department of Education does not have an exact cost for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, two state Senate committees heard Wednesday, but education officials are limited in what actions they can take under the budget provision blocking funding for the standards.
6:54 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Kalamazoo's next city manager prepares for transition

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Jim Ritsema anticipates some overlap with Ken Collard who retires early next year
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
"I think people realize this was a great opportunity for me and were fully supportive," Ritsema said of the community reaction. "I'll miss Battle Creek and I know a lot of folks will miss me, but it's not like I'm going across the country. I'll be 20 miles away."

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