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John McNeill / WMUK

The Kalamazoo Public Schools are working on ways to open classrooms this fall as the COVID-19 crisis continues.

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.

Andy Robins / WMUK

One-and-a-half million Michigan students will not be heading back to classes until next fall, at the earliest. Governor Gretchen Whitmer made the announcement about K-12 schools Thursday, April 2.

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.


School buses line up in a circle drive at Western Michigan University
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

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.


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