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KPS educators and administration at odds on solving teacher shortage

A survey of Kalamazoo Public Schools teachers finds widespread dissatisfaction, looming departures, and recommendations to make the classroom experience better for them and their students. District administration says retention rates are steady thus far into the summer, and they plan to retain and lure teachers with a focus on compensation and professional development.

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A series of large, glass greenhouses stands next to an outdoor garden.

‘I now question the food I eat’

KVCC’s Food Innovation Center offers far more than the typical academic experience. Students are taught both the enterprise and values of an industry they want to build, from supporting area farmers to servicing local restaurants and cafeterias to serving those less fortunate. It just won a multi-million-dollar federal grant for that.
Mike Wilder, dressed in a yellow tee-shirt, marches down a residential street with a bullhorn in front of him. He is shouting something into the bullhorn. A group of people follows behind him.

‘It’s really heavy work’

Their personal trauma with gun violence equips local intervention workers to fight on the front lines against it. But at what cost to their own mental health? How a shift in the traditional approach to therapy supports a group that’s usually reluctant to do it.
Yaimari Gonzales-Santos spars with a teenage girl in a gym. They are wearing head gear and boxing gloves.

The big fight

A two-year-old boxing gym that trains professional fighters is growing out of its digs in Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood, largely because it is so popular with kids grappling with real life issues.

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