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Michigan officials have named Newaygo County the state’s newest Michigan Promise Zone. Local leaders say the scholarship program will offer educational –and economic – opportunities for the community.

Today on Midday West Michigan, WGVU talks to Newaygo County RESA Superintendent Lori Tubbergan Clark about the program, its impact, and what happens next.

A legislative committee has approved a $16.2 billion education spending plan with a modest boost in K-12 aid but different amounts for universities and community colleges than proposed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The proposal passed Wednesday increases university operations funding by 3.4 percent, less than a 4.4 percent boost sought by the Republican governor.

Democrats on the Republican-led House Appropriations Committee who voted against the bill say funding for roughly a third of Michigan's 15 universities would stay below levels from six years ago.

A college in southwestern Michigan says the school's new president was suspended and could be fired because of unapproved spending and improper management.

Jennifer Spielvogel was suspended with pay Friday at Lake Michigan College, near Benton Harbor.

She was hired three months ago from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.

Lake Michigan College released a statement and minutes from a special board meeting. Trustee Stephen Small says trustees "thought for sure we made the right choice" in hiring Spielvogel "and now it's ashes."

A $1 million anonymous donation has helped to start a new college scholarship program in the Ann Arbor area.

The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation announced the gift during its annual community meeting Monday night at Washtenaw Community College.

The Ann Abor News reports the need-based program is designed to help low-income students, students of color and first-generation college students.

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Education officials say students will be spending less time taking the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress, or M-STEP, this spring.

Michigan Department of Education spokeswoman Jan Ellis tells the Detroit Free Press that students will spend no more than four to eight hours total on the test, down from seven to 16 hours last year.

The change came after complaints about the new exam taking too long, with reports of students being exhausted and school staff being overwhelmed.

A Michigan high school in Croswell is offering a taxidermy course for the first time, and it's a big hit.

Sixty students enrolled in its first two sections, and about a dozen had to be turned away.

Each student in the class is asked to bring in an animal that he or she hunted, trapped or found dead.

Road kill counts.

In Mieyah Brenton's case, the red-bellied woodpecker the senior worked on was a gift from the family cat.

According to Brenton, a lot of people think the class is gross.

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Two high school students are charged with making a false report or threat of terrorism after authorities say photos of them holding guns were posted online along with threats to students.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports the 16-year-old boys were arraigned Thursday following their arrests Wednesday.

Investigators say they seized 34 guns when they searched the boys' homes after the threats were posted on Instagram.

The Marshall High School students also are charged with using the Internet to commit a crime.

Prosecutors say they want to try them as adults. / Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children

Over 2,200 Early Childhood Educators are in Grand Rapids this week to attend the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children Conference.  President elect Kelly Kreider  joins us to shares the details. 

Gov. Rick Snyder signed an executive order to create a new education commission charged with analyzing top performing schools and recommending changes to the state's education system.

Snyder's office has announced the 25-member 21st Century Education Commission Monday, after mentioning the plan in his January State of the State Address.

Snyder is supposed to appoint members to the commission from education, business, government and nonprofit organizations.

Northern Michigan University plans to upgrade its campus in Marquette over the next five years as part of a $175 million capital improvement plan.

The Mining Journal of Marquette reports that the university wants to spend about $100 million to build modernized housing and dining facilities to replace the former married housing dorms.

The university also hopes to use about $20 million to build a business innovation center and a military and veterans education center.