Education

Kalamazoo Schools Face Dire Budget Outlook

May 15, 2020
John McNeill / WMUK

The COVID-19 pandemic could have a devastating impact on the Kalamazoo Public Schools well into the next school year and beyond.

A picture from below of the Kalamazoo Promise logo on a pale blue water tower tank
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Kalamazoo Promise scholarship has a new challenge during the COVID-19 shutdown: helping students to stay on a path to college. Executive Director Bob Jorth says the organization is still figuring out how to help.

The photo shows students in white lab coats in a laboratory.
Ben Margot / AP Photo

The Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency is still expanding technical training for students. But first the district needs to understand the changing labor market, says Superintendent Dave Campbell.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as the FAFSA, is a critical form for anyone who wants help paying for higher education. But Governor Gretchen Whitmer says Michigan’s FAFSA completion rate was only about 56 percent last year.

A room full of people who are looking to the left out of the frame
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo Public Schools is reversing a controversial decision to leave books focusing on certain identities out of a reading initiative. The district is also apologizing for a statement that caused a public outcry.

Earlier this month, two concerned parents spoke to the school board. They’d heard that an effort to diversify KPS elementary classroom libraries would not include LGBTQ-centered books.


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