GRPS celebrates Union High's removal from 5 % priority schools list
Grand Rapids Public Schools
Caroline MacGregor August 20, 2013 | WGVU “quite a bit”
that Union High School worked its way off the 5% (Priority Schools)
list translates to the removal of the threat of a potential state takeover by the
Education Achievement Authority.
In its Top
to Bottom Ranking List, the Michigan Department of Education showed out of 41
schools, 27 schools increased their ranking, five schools moving off the bottom
5% or (Priority Schools) list. GRPS Superintendent Theresa Neal says four schools earning
the coveted top 5% (Reward Schools) Ranking.
Neal credits Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell, the school’s governance board, members of
the community, parents, students and staff who helped work on the school transformation
Exec Dir Secondary Schools says at Union 9th 10th and 11th
graders were assessed.
Gorman says the
Union High Governance Board was instrumental in the school’s turnaround.
Kevin Belks and Mayor
Heartwell were on the team along with representatives from several colleges and
Heartwell says while much to applaud, much more needs to be done and they will
not rest easy until all students and schools are achieving their full potential.
Another highlight of the Top to Bottom Ranking: Shawmut Hills Elementary was
removed from the Focus Schools list.
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