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A bond proposal for a little more than $19 million is on the August ballot in the Mattawan Consolidated School district.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority/Rho Theta Zeta Chapter

Charles Parker started Charlie’s P.L.A.C.E. with encouragement from his children, Kevin Lavender Jr. launched the Fatherhood Network to give dads a place to connect. Both men are being honored later this month for their work strengthening black fathers and families.


Laura Chang’s journey to becoming Michigan’s next Teacher Of The Year began in Vicksburg. She did her teaching internship at Sunset Lake Elementary 18 years ago. Since then, she’s been an instructional consultant, developed literacy programs and taught graduate level college courses.

Michigan Senate Chamber - file photo by Cheyna Roth, Michigan Public Radio Network
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(MPRN-Lansing) State lawmakers want to put more money into school safety. A bipartisan group of Senators introduced legislation Tuesday, similar bills were introduced recently in the state House. 

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Upjohn Institute Researchers Tim Bartik and Brad Hershbein say high quality pre-kindergarten programs can have positive results that last into adulthood. But identifying what quality means is difficult.