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Celebrating the 7th anniversary of the Kalamazoo Promise


KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- Saturday is the 7th anniversary of the announcement of the Kalamazoo Promise and last night Supt. Michael Rice gave the trustees an update on all that it’s meant to the district.

He also gave an update on their 5-year goals for student achievement as the district tries to live up to The Promise.  He says scores are up across the board, and many of their 5 year goals for math and reading improvement and participation in advanced placement and higher math courses were met in 3 to 4 years. Dr. Rice says if not for state funding cuts, they may have been able to do even more.

Board President Patty Scholer-Barber says when you add up all the improvements in pre-school, kindergarten, elementary and middle school programs the best may be yet to come for the Promise scholars.

Dr. Rice says their priorities for the coming year will be continued student achievement, more intense lobbying in Lansing for funding, and continued work on creating a literacy community in Kalamazoo, and a college going culture in the schools and at home.