kalamazoo promise http://michiganradio.org en This week in Michigan politics: Roads and education http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-roads-and-education <p></p><p>This Week in Michigan Politics, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss roads funding in the final days before lawmakers leave for the summer, the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/more-kalamazoo-students-get-chance-take-part-promise"> expansion of the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship</a> and why Detroit is<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/incompetence-detroit-schools-lose-head-start-funds"> missing out</a> on Head Start next year.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:52:27 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 17946 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: Roads and education More Kalamazoo students get a chance to take part in the Promise http://michiganradio.org/post/more-kalamazoo-students-get-chance-take-part-promise <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kalamazoo Promise, an anonymous benefactor, is providing four-year-scholarships to almost all of the students who graduate from Kalamazoo Public Schools.</span></p><p>One student from Kalamazoo Central High School, Jay Valikodath, said the Promise changed his and his classmates’ lives, because they'll be able to start their careers after college debt free. &nbsp;</p><p>Bob Jorth, the director of the Kalamazoo Promise, says they have covered 43 state-supported community colleges and universities in Michigan. They are partnering with the Michigan Colleges Alliance, which will add 15 private colleges and universities in Michigan.</p><p>The Promise will cover tuition at colleges with the same average tuition rate as the University of Michigan’s College of Literature Arts and Sciences. Anything beyond that will be covered by the institution.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The promise has paid more than $54 million in tuition for 3,286 students, not including this current school year.</span></p><p>A total of 679 of those students earned associates, bachelors, or some form of post-secondary education degree. That’s a little more than 20% of those who have received grants.</p><p>“The biggest challenge is completion,” Jorth said. “The No. 1 factor in getting kids through college is making sure they are ready to start college.”</p><p>Jorth added that the main goal is to get as many students as possible pursue a post-secondary education.</p><p><em>*Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>-Bre'Anna Tinsley, Michigan Radio Newsroom.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:02:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 17938 at http://michiganradio.org More Kalamazoo students get a chance to take part in the Promise Kalamazoo Promise expanding to private Michigan colleges http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-promise-expanding-private-michigan-colleges <p>The <a href="https://www.kalamazoopromise.com/">Kalamazoo Promise </a>is expanding to include more than a dozen private colleges in Michigan.</p><p>The Promise provides scholarship money for Kalamazoo public school students to attend college. Until now, the Promise has made it possible for students to afford only public colleges and universities.&nbsp;</p><p>But today, the Promise’s Janice Brown announced 15 schools, including Detroit Mercy, Hillsdale College, Hope College and Adrian College, will start matching Promise scholarships beginning in the fall of 2015.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 15:59:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 17934 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo Promise expanding to private Michigan colleges Kalamazoo Promise 2.0? Ypsilanti embarks on districtwide scholarship program http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-promise-20-ypsilanti-embarks-districtwide-scholarship-program-3 <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Ypsilanti’s school district is pushing for a <a href="http://annarbor.com/news/ypsilanti/ypsilanti-community-schools-to-pursue-college-scholarship-program-similar-to-kalamazoo-promise/">districtwide scholarship program</a> that will provide tuition funds to its graduates.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">On Monday, Ypsilanti Community Schools officially opened its doors. YCS is the product of school consolidation in Washtenaw County. Earlier this year, <a href="http://www.annarbor.com/news/ypsilanti/ypsilanti-willow-run-consolidation-election-2012-results-voters-decide-fate/">voters approved</a> the combination of the financially troubled Ypsilanti Public School district and Willow Run Community Schools.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">With a <a href="http://www.annarbor.com/news/ypsilanti/ypsilanti-community-schools-reveals-new-mascot-logo/">new mascot selected</a> and a logo finalized, the merged district is beginning to rebrand its image.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">School supporters hope a new scholarship program that would provide funding for community college tuition for all qualifying students will be a big part of that new image.</span> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:46:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13234 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo Promise 2.0? Ypsilanti embarks on districtwide scholarship program Kalamazoo Promise executive director stepping down http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-promise-executive-director-stepping-down <p>One of the founders of the Kalamazoo Promise is stepping down after five years with the education scholarship program.<br><br>Janice Brown has served as the Kalamazoo Promise’s executive director since 2008. Before that, she was the superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 00:31:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 12438 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo Promise executive director stepping down