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SNN: Actions speak louder than words

Feb 26, 2018
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Local students are pushing for change in the wake of the Florida school shooting.

GRPS cuts ribbon on City High Middle renovation

Dec 12, 2017

Grand Rapids City High Middle School is about to get a major facelift. As part of the Grand Rapids Public School Transformation Plan and the $175 million bond approved by voters in November 2015, $17 million will go towards transforming the nearly 100 year old building into a cutting edge learning facility. Once home to Crescent High School, renovations on the structure will include cosmetic upgrades, renovated science labs and technology infused classrooms. 

Monday, school and city officials cut the ribbon on the project. 

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The humanitarian crisis following Hurricane Maria continues to devastate those living in Puerto Rico.  Starting today, Grand Rapids Public Schools and the City of Grand Rapids are taking part in a charitable drive to benefit those in need.

“We have heard from our students… We are a family here and we come together when our family is in need.”

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Grand Rapids Public Schools is getting the word out about its Annual School Choice Expo and Family Harvest Festival.

“We wanted to make it a fun family event, but also for parents to get that important school choice information.”

That’s John Helmholdt. Executive Director of Communications at Grand Rapids Public Schools.  They’re prepping for this year’s School Choice Expo, which will be held on October 19th.

The site plan for Grand Rapids’ $40 million Plaza Roosevelt is unveiled. WGVU takes a look at the details

When completed, Plaza Roosevelt will be a mixed-use development situated on two Grand Rapids city blocks on the east side of Grandville Avenue between Graham and Franklin Streets. 

What has been four years in the making and dubbed a $40 million “Neighborhood-Driven Development,” Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is taking the lead.

Michigan lowers requirements for English-proficiency test

Aug 15, 2017

The Michigan Department of Education has announced it will reduce the overall score students need to receive on an English-proficiency test after an earlier change made it more difficult for students to transition out of English learner status.

Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal delivered her annual ‘State of Our Schools’ address Thursday evening, highlighting many of the accomplishments the school district has made under her leadership over the past five years. 

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Thursday’s national Day Without Immigrants has impacted Grand Rapids Public Schools attendance and it may cause the district to declare it a snow day.

Grand Rapids Public Schools was aware the Day Without Immigrants was in the works and that it would affect attendance. The district appealed to parents encouraging their children to be in the classroom Thursday.

However, in a news release from Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal she explained, “We did experience a large number of students and parents exercising their rights by participating in the Immigrant Out Day.”

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Before the senate education committee voted 12-11 in favor of Betsy DeVos as the next Education Secretary, protestors in her hometown of Holland took to the streets this weekend—however, in Grand Rapids, the public school system’s superintendent is voicing her support. As hundreds of demonstrators wrapped around Centennial Park many carried signs that questioned DeVos’ qualifications, and what kind of affect she would have on public schools. Many said they were educators.

The Grand Rapids Business Journal held their annual Newsmakers of the Year award ceremony for 2016, as honors were given to leaders in the community who shaped the news last year. Editors and journalists from the Grand Rapids Business Journal reviewed hundreds of stories from the past year to compile a list of 53 finalists who made headlines in 2016. 16 different categories ranging from Economic Development to Beverages to Sports had three finalists each, with the award for newsmaker of the year going to just one.