Category Archives: Education

ZAP program pushes students to succeed

            In a single semester, a program named “Zeroes Aren’t Permitted” (ZAP) has significantly decreased the dropout/failure rates for two schools in the Charlotte Public Schools district.

When goals for the academic school year of 2007-2008 were set, one of the top priorities for Charlotte Public Schools was to reduce their dropout/failing rates. After traveling to a school in Kansas that had started the program, Charlotte officials set out to mimic the success that had been witnessed in Kansas.

“With ZAP, we’ve reduced the rate (of failing students) 61 percent,” said Jack VonAchen, Charlotte Middle School assistant principal. Continue reading ZAP program pushes students to succeed


Williamstown Twp. School Districts

Within the small township of Williamstown, four different school districts serve 1,416 families (2000 U.S.Census). Williamston Community Schools services the majority of the townshipfollowed by Haslett Public Schools and Perry Public Schools while Okemos PublicSchools serves the least. Continue reading Williamstown Twp. School Districts

CPS losing students to Schools of Choice, economy

Since September 2004, Charlotte Public Schools (CPS) has been losing students because of Schools of Choice.

The Michigan Schools of Choice program gives students the opportunity to choose which school district they would like to be a part of.

This year, CPS lost just under 250 students. The district has found that the reason students are leaving CPS is varies. Some leave because of problems within the transportation system, while others are leaving because their parents have had to find jobs elsewhere. Continue reading CPS losing students to Schools of Choice, economy

High school students discover local history



Junior and senior history students at Williamston High School are going outside the classroom to piece together the history of the city of Williamston from its farms, businesses, buildings and homes.

“History is most student’s least favorite subject and I want to change that,” said Mitch Lutzke, a history teacher at Williamston High School. Continue reading High school students discover local history

Board of Education Makes Decision on High School

     Once again, the Board of Education is the center of attention in Howell.  After initially deciding on February 11 to split the high school student population and have nearly 2,000 students attend Howell High and only about 650 attend the newly opened Parker High, they changed their vote on February 25 to adopt a new resolution that was not one of the original seven that the Board considered: “Option 8”.  However, they left their vice president out of the vote and that has caused the tensions that are plaguing the Board.

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