Politico: Can the Promise Save Kalamazoo?

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...