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Talent & education

How one West Michigan school district is closing reading gaps for poor, Hispanic students

Through focused early literacy efforts, the West Ottawa School District is taking children with little to no English-language skills and preparing them to compete with white, more affluent peers.

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Talent & education

Rich school, poor school, and the challenges that separate them

Waukazoo Elementary draws students from affluent lake homes. Pine Creek kids come from Holland’s poorest neighborhoods. In ways large and small, Waukazoo kids benefit from their families’ extra income.

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Phil's column

Make this cherry pie for Fourth of July

Five generations of the Power family are tied to the Montmorency “sour” cherries of northern Michigan. Now, put them in your belly!

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Guest commentary

Mental health care in Michigan has room for improvement, but will it?

There are ways to streamline and improve care for behavioral-health patients, but it won’t be inexpensive. But the way we’re doing it now isn’t cheap, either.

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Talent & education

Kalamazoo Promise scholarship program ‘significantly’ increases college grad rates, study finds

Ten years after the launch of the nationally lauded program, researchers can say for the first time that the money was well spent, with many more Kalamazoo students earning college degrees than would have without the scholarship.

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Talent & education

Does Kalamazoo Promise success build case for more state scholarship funding?

Make college cheap enough, and more people graduate. Who knew?

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Talent & education

Study offers financial, policy road map for Michigan education reform

A blunt new report lists ways to fix Michigan schools. Will anyone listen?

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Our deepest thanks

We are both delighted and astonished at the positive response to our spring fund raising campaign. More than 300 people have contributed in amounts ranging from $5 to $1,000. We can’t thank you enough for your support.

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Talent & education

One Dearborn school soars. Another stumbles. Why?

A test result is a snapshot, and in Dearborn, one elementary school came out with a surprisingly better portrait than another in the critical milestone of third-grade reading. Why? Nobody seems to know.

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Talent & education

Grand Rapids cites the limits of state rankings to explain school gaps

Why do some low-income elementary schools in Grand Rapids perform better than others? Educators in Grand Rapids say that ranking formulas often do not reflect critical differences between seemingly similar schools.

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Guest commentary

Welcome to school, Detroit kindergartners. Now pay up!

If something isn’t done to remove the crushing debt faced by city schools, Detroit’s most vulnerable students will be stuck with the bill.

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Phil's column

On the summer solstice, a meditation on gardens and life.

A promise of beauty and wisdom amid the wonders of Michigan.

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