Education

School buses line up in a circle drive at Western Michigan University
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Update: KPS now says it will include books with LGBTQ, disability and socioeconomic themes in the Diverse Classroom Libraries initiative.

This story has been updated to include further statements by the school district.

Kalamazoo Public Schools is running into controversy as the district seeks to diversify books in elementary classrooms. On Tuesday KPS confirmed that effort won’t include books with LGBTQ themes.


Kalamazoo School buses - file photo by WMUK
WMUK

Kalamazoo Public Schools reopened Loy Norrix and Kalamazoo Central High Schools as well as Linden Grove Middle School Tuesday under heightened police presence and other security measures. Meanwhile threats have closed three Portage schools. 

KPS To Resume Active Shooter Training With Changes

Nov 8, 2019
Speakers Address the Kalamazoo Board of Education during their meeting on Thursday November 7, 2019 Photo by John McNeil
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Kalamazoo Schools will make a few modifications to their active shooter training program after some parents complained, but will continue the lessons and drills. The district will also address complaints that parents were not given enough time to opt out of the training. 

WMU Group Seeks More Teachers Of Color

Nov 4, 2019
WMUK

Three Kalamazoo Public School graduates at Western Michigan University have started a campus group trying to increase the number of minority teachers. Future Teachers of Color (FTC) was founded by three students in Western's College of Education: Sarah Giramia, Hailey Timmerman, and William Wright. It provides support and resources to minority students pursuing careers in teaching. Correction: an earlier version of this story misspelled the name of Sarah Giramia. 


students gather around a medical dummy on a floor in a classroom
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Too many Kalamazoo-area high school students are missing out on  training that could prepare them for well-compensated work. That’s the message from the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency, which is seeking a 1-mill, 20-year tax this November to support career and technical education.

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