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Kalamazoo Schools Superintendent Michael Rice says the Kalamazoo Promise helped boost enrollment. But he says other programs have helped drive up the graduation rate. Rice says the increase in graduation has outpaced the rate of growth in enrollment. 

Two Kalamazoo schools started their academic year in July. Rice says he believes a different school calendar is likely the way of the future. He says both schools have the same number of days and hours of instruction, but don’t have the long summer break in the traditional school calendar. But Rice says any large scale change is still many years away.


Kalamazoo Public Library

Update: Peace Pizzazz, previously scheduled for Bronson Park, will be held at Winchell Elementary due to expected rain. Efforts to keep kids reading over the long summer break are gearing up in Kalamazoo. The Kalamazoo Public Library's annual Summer Reading Challenge offers kids tangible incentives to keep reading - free books. Library Executive Director Ryan Wieber says they earn them by reading at least 20 minutes each day over the summer.


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Voters in the Kalamazoo Public Schools district will see a bond issue on the May 8th ballot. If approved, the bonds would provide the district with more than $96 million. KPS is seeking a 1.25-mill property tax increase to pay the debt.

Colin Howe

Kalamazoo Kids In Tune is the youngest and most diverse orchestra in Michigan, according Elizabeth Youker, Vice President of Education and Community Partnerships, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. She and curriculum director, conductor and music arranger Rick Barth, known to students as "Dr. Rick," talk to Cara Lieurance about the progress made in the last six years. 


Kalamazoo Public Schools Administration Building - file photo by WMUK
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(MPRN-Lansing) The state is stepping in to help struggling schools instead of closing them. 

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