The Michigan Department of Education recently released the graduation rates for the 2018-2019 school year, and for the eighth consecutive year, Grand Rapids Public Schools saw an increase in district wide graduation rates. 

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Kentwood Public Schools students are sharing their knowledge about refugees in the community through a project that has involved research, reflection and a call to action.

Conflict. Leaving home. Starting over. Learning a new language. Going to school.

Valleywood Middle School students are embracing the stories of refugees and the people who own them.

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The University of Michigan says it has received more than 100 "unique complaints" about a late physician accused of sexual abuse by former patients, including athletes who encountered him as a team doctor. In a statement Friday, a university spokesman urged others to contact the university. The university announced last week that it was investigating abuse allegations against Dr. Robert E. Anderson by five former patients.

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Grand Rapids Public Schools has a new superintendent, as Monday the board of education voted 7-2 in favor of hiring Dr. Leadriane Roby. Roby comes to Grand Rapids from Minnesota, where she has been the Assistant Superintendent of Richfield Public Schools in Richfield, MN since 2014. The job is a return to West Michigan for the new Superintendent, as Roby earned her Ph.D. in K-12 Educational Leadership, Research, and Technology from Western Michigan University.

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The president and CEO of one of the nation's largest marathons says a late University of Michigan doctor performed an inappropriate act on him during a medical examination in the 1970s. Dr. James Barahal joins a chorus of former students by accusing Dr. Robert E. Anderson of assault. Barahal heads up the Honolulu Marathon and is a longtime physician. He told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Monday that Anderson gave him a digital rectal exam when the then-medical student visited the student health center in 1975 complaining of a sore throat.

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The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has elected a new leader with ties to West Michigan.

The mission statement of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing declares that it “serves as the catalyst for excellence and innovation in nursing education, research, and practice.”

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Several men alleging sexual abuse by a deceased University of Michigan doctor have retained law firms that are representing accusers who sued Michigan State University and Ohio State University in similar cases, attorneys said Monday. Dr. Robert Anderson, who died in 2008, is accused of assaulting patients and school athletes during medical exams. It's unclear if the University of Michigan will see the magnitude of lawsuits facing Ohio State, which are pending, and Michigan State, which settled for $500 million.á

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A university in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has opened a 2,600-square-foot-facility for hands-on experience and research related to the cannabis industry. The Mining Journal reports that the ribbon cutting for Lake Superior State University's Cannabis Center of Excellence was Friday. University officials say the idea is to train undergraduate students as "job-ready chemists" with' "innovative experience." The school announced a cannabis chemistry program last year. Michigan allows marijuana for medicinal and recreational use, which became legal in December.

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A Michigan teacher has denied a request from a student with two mothers to write about same-sex marriage for a class assignment. M-Live reports Destiny McDermitt, a junior at Hill McCloy High School in Montrose, was given an assignment this month to write a speech discussing an issue they felt strongly about and to take a stand for or against it. The teacher, who the district isn't naming, allegedly told McDermitt she couldn't write about same-sex marriage because the topic could offend someone in the class.

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An investigation has found several former patients who allege that a late University of Michigan physician sexually abused them during exams going back decades. The Ann Arbor school said Wednesday that it's set up a hotline for others to come forward with information about Robert E. Anderson, the former director of University Health Service and athletic team physician, who worked at the school from 1968 to 2003. He died in 2008. A former student contacted the university's athletic director in 2018 alleging misconduct during medical exams.