DeWitt Public Schools evolving to best connect with students

By Rachel Bidock
Clinton County Staff Reporter

DEWITT — Emily Macintire said that part of her reason for choosing to live in DeWitt was because of its public school system. “We had heard good things,” Macintire said. “We just moved here in August so we’ve only been here for a short period of time, but I can already tell that they are kind of ahead of the game.”

Having strong schools can be an important draw for residents. But what makes a school strong? According to Patricia Edwards at the College of Education at Michigan State University, what makes a school district successful is more than just being able to teach, it is about being able to reach a wide variety of students.

Citizens debate factors behind student success

By Stephanie Hernandez McGavin
The Meridian Times

The Okemos School Board heard some concerns Feb. 9 that district administrators are relying too heavily on state expectations and standardized tests. The district’s School Improvement Plan offered three goals aimed at student proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics. While some school board and community members say these goals are fundamental building blocks, others, like school board Secretary Vincent Lyon-Callo, said that a modernized process of education needs to be established. Lyon-Callo worried that holding students to a definitive meaning of success by state standards would stifle some students’ potential.