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After nearly a decade, Bodies Revealed is coming back to the Grand Rapids Public Museum. School News Network caught up with a group of sixth graders who recently got a preview of what can be seen.

When an 11-year old got her hands on a human brain, she had a lot to say about it. Things like, “It’s cool, but it’s kind of gross” and “It’s smaller than I thought”. Another classmate lifted a liver, which was pretty heavy and not very healthy. Both are artifacts from the upcoming Bodies Revealed exhibition which returns to the Grand Rapids Public Museum this fall.

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The Republican-led Michigan Legislature has given final approval to a K-12 schools budget.

The legislation was approved 91-18 by the House and 21-17 by the Senate on Thursday. Legislators directed an additional $30 million toward special education, above what was in legislation that cleared a panel last week.

The minimum per-student grant would increase from $7, 871 to $8,111, a $240, or 3%, increase. Districts at the higher end would get $8,529, or $120 more than the current $8,409 allotment - a 1.4% bump.

SNN: Sparta Area Schools bus rules

Sep 18, 2019
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Sparta Area Schools’ youngest students sometimes need a little direction when it comes to knowing the rules of school, including what’s allowed on the big, yellow school bus. The district has a program for helping students feel comfortable and know expectations all day long.

School is back in session and with all the lessons yet to be learned, first the youngest need to learn simply how to do school.

Sparta Ridgeview Elementary, like many others, uses the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports method to encourage good behavior in all aspects of the school day.

SNN: Godwin Hope Garden

Sep 16, 2019
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Godwin Heights elementary students are cultivating fruits, herbs and veggies for their families in a new school garden, thanks to a partnership with local non-profit, Hope Gardens.

Between the corridors of West Godwin Elementary is a courtyard area. Last spring, it was all pavement and grass. Now, it’s brimming with sunflowers, zucchini, watermelons, carrots, and cucumbers.

The garden is a collaboration between West Godwin’s TEAM 21 after school program and HOPE Gardens, a Wyoming-based nonprofit that teaches students in grades K through 12 sustainable ways to grow food.

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In the future, new jobs will emerge and changing – and in some cases – be eliminated due to new technologies. Grand Valley State University president, Dr. Philomena Mantella, explained how higher education must evolve and meet the demand during Thursday morning’s Peter Secchia Breakfast Lecture.

“We expect students to come in at 18-years old and at 22-years old they leave and they’re set for a lifetime of change. It’s not going to work in the future that we have ahead.”

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A recent state-wide poll indicates Michigan voters prefer any road funding budget not come at the expense of education and teacher retirement pensions.

As Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the state legislature negotiate increasing road and bridge repair funding, a survey by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA indicates 77 percent of Michigan voters say it’s important teachers and their retirement pensions be protected from any budget deal.

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TrueNorth Community Services

Parents and students are preparing for the start of the school year. For most families it begins by purchasing new school supplies and backpacks. For low-income families it can be a financial burden.

In Newaygo County, Fremont-based nonprofit TrueNorth Community Services and its partners Fremont Area Community Foundation and Gerber Foundation confront rural poverty head-on.

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Sentencing is scheduled for a former dean who had oversight of now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar at Michigan State University.

William Strampel goes back before a judge Wednesday, nearly two months after the College of Osteopathic Medicine's ex-dean was convicted of neglect of duty and misconduct in office. He was acquitted of the more serious criminal sexual conduct charge.

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The director of Michigan State University's $765 million nuclear research facility says it should open in 2021.

The Lansing State Journal reports that the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams will be used to study the short-lived particles produced as charged beams collide with a target. The findings could have implications in understanding how matter formed in the universe and in fields including national security and medicine.

Laboratory Director Thomas Glasmacher says it is 92% complete.

School News Network: Summer STEAM

Jul 30, 2019
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As summer heats up, parents are looking for simple ideas to keep children entertained and engaged indoors and out. School News Network turned to an area technology and media expert for some educational options.