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WMUK reached out to each of the candidates running for Board of Education in Kalamazoo and Portage. Here you can listen to interviews with the four candidates who are actively campaigning in Kalamazoo, and one candidate from Portage.

An Interview With KPS Board Candidate Jason Morris

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Sehvilla Mann
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WMUK

Jason Morris says that if he's elected to the Kalamazoo Public Schools Board of Education, one of his top priorities will be the diststrict's graduation rate, "particularly for African-American males." He says he also wants to see KPS offer more vocational training.

"Through education, I want to make Kalamazoo a job-ready society," he said.

To bring up the graduation rate, Morris says the district has to focus on literacy among other things. "It's a proven fact that if you aren't reading at a third grade level by third grade, it significantly affects your ability to achieve going forward," he said.

Morris was involved in efforts to secure a $96 million bond for KPS that voters passed earlier this year, and was also involved in a special education millage in 2015.

In an interview with WMUK, Morris lays out his ideas for improving the KPS graduation rate and cultural competency at the district, and explains his take on KPS' approach to security.

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.