The Rapidian

Grand Rapids Public Schools

WMCAT Opens Fall Enrollment for 15th Year of Free Afterschool Programming

by (wmcat)

Submitted 08-29-2019 under NONPROFITS

The West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) has opened its fall enrollment for arts and technology studios available to all Grand Rapids Public high school students. WMCAT will host an open enrollment information session for fall...

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Local school leaders say MSU study shows need for state funding reform

by (Charguitar)

Submitted 02-14-2019 under NEWS

  By Erin Albanese, School News Network In light of a new report on Michigan school finances, Kent County area superintendents say there’s no doubt more equitable school funding is needed. Findings show Michigan is dead last among...

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Community members call for accountability from GRPS regarding assault investigations against personnel, heater issues at Union High

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 11-21-2018 under NEWS

The Grand Rapids Board of Education held its bi-monthly meeting on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administration Building. Eleven community members spoke during the public comment time, most concerned with the investigations...

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GRPS parent group sponsors school board candidate forum

by (Elizabeth Hoffm...)

Submitted 10-22-2018 under NEWS

On Wednesday, October 24, the Parent Teacher Community Council (PTCC) at Congress Elementary School will be hosting a forum for the candidates for the Grand Rapids Board of Education on the November 6, 2018, ballot. The forum will take place from 6...

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Faith, family, love for community fuels Williams' bid for GRPS school board

by (Lyonel LaGrone II)

Submitted 09-21-2018 under NEWS

This year seven candidates square off for five open seats on the Grand Rapids School board November 6, 2018 election. Of the seven candidates, three are incumbents (Tony Baker, Jose Flores, John Matias) and four are new challengers (Kimberely...

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Still in tears for our students after school walkout

by (crestongr)

Submitted 03-15-2018 under NONPROFITS

By Kymie Spring, Community Organizer, Creston Neighborhood Association I went to City High Middle School well before Columbine or any of the massacres that followed. We felt totally safe then. Later, when I taught elementary school, we had fire...

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'Communities are going to see repercussions' from Trump after-school cuts, leaders say

by (Charguitar)

Submitted 06-09-2017 under NEWS

In the library of Harrison Park School, Ryan Rose read aloud from a book about African animals as a dozen students listened expectantly. “We all went on a safari, past an old Acadia tree,” Rose read. “Nearby, giraffes were grazing...

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Students explore hip-hop as 'something that you live'

by (Charguitar)

Submitted 03-30-2017 under NEWS

Matthew Duncan lightly shakes a can of spray paint and, like the serious aerosol artist he is, deftly sprays an immaculate orange “o” on a canvas. And so begins a lesson on graffiti – or more properly called “writing,...

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Rising GRPS grad rates 'a community effort'

by (Charguitar)

Submitted 03-24-2017 under NEWS

Improving the district’s graduation rate by nearly 50 percent over five years takes a lot of people working together – and it will take a lot more to continue the trend. So said Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal, following this week...

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'Get everything you can out of it' says school board president

by (Charguitar)

Submitted 02-16-2017 under NEWS

Wendy Falb vividly remembers cleaning the filthy steps of Fountain School one day, back when her older son attended Montessori School there. Fixing up the old school was one of her many volunteer tasks as a self-described “tiger mom.”...

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