Grand Rapids Inauguration Day "watch party" reactions

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As President Donald Trump took the oath of office and was officially sworn in, watch parties across Grand Rapids took place to witness the ushering in of a new presidency. WGVU spoke with a number of people about their immediate reaction to President Trump's inauguration speech.

"We will make America great again!"

As President Donald Trump finished his inaugural speech, a large crowd at kent County GOP headquarters cheered on the new president, and most felt that the speech delivered a unifying message after months of division.

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The Michigan Department of Education released the state’s School Score Cards and the Top to Bottom list today. The Top to Bottom list is used by the School Reform Office to identify low-performing schools.

The “Priority List” is made up of the lowest-performing five percent of schools in the state and schools that were previously in the five percent and haven’t improved enough to get off the list.  Schools on the list for three years, could be subject to closure.

While 38 schools are on “Priority List” this year, 79 schools were taken off.

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The Michigan Department of Corrections has slapped its latest food contractor with more than $2 million in penalties for inadequate staffing and other problems since it began providing meals in September 2015.

Department spokesman Chris Gautz told the Detroit Free Press  the penalties against Trinity Services Group include $905,000 for unauthorized meal substitutions, $357,000 for delays serving meals, $356,000 for inadequate staffing levels, and $294,000 for sanitation violations.

Gaultz says the department believes staffing problems lead to other issues.

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Thirty eight public schools were placed on the states “Priority List” and 79 were removed. How did Grand Rapids Public Schools fair in today’s report?

The Michigan School Reform Office removed 79 schools from its Top to Bottom list.

Of the 13 Grand Rapids Public Schools schools placed on the Priority School list last year, six have been removed.

The academic improvements registered at Aberdeen School, Campus Elementary, Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Academy, Mulick Park Elementary, Ottawa Hills High School, and Union High School.

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For the first time, the state of Michigan is planning to close public schools for academic reasons. The Michigan School Reform Office said Friday 38 schools are failing and subject to closure.

Some schools may not close if state officials decide it would pose an unreasonable hardship for students because no better options are available.

More than half of the 38 schools are in Detroit. The others are in Benton Harbor, Bridgeport, East Detroit, Kalamazoo, Pontiac, River Rouge and Saginaw.

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Grand Rapids Inauguration Day "watch party" reactions

11 hours ago
Wikimedia Commons / Joint Congressional Inauguration Committee

As President Donald Trump took the oath of office and was officially sworn in, watch parties across Grand Rapids took place to witness the ushering in of a new presidency. WGVU spoke with a number of people about their immediate reaction to President Trump's inauguration speech.

"We will make America great again!"

As President Donald Trump finished his inaugural speech, a large crowd at kent County GOP headquarters cheered on the new president, and most felt that the speech delivered a unifying message after months of division.

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The Michigan Department of Education released the state’s School Score Cards and the Top to Bottom list today. The Top to Bottom list is used by the School Reform Office to identify low-performing schools.

The “Priority List” is made up of the lowest-performing five percent of schools in the state and schools that were previously in the five percent and haven’t improved enough to get off the list.  Schools on the list for three years, could be subject to closure.

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The Michigan Department of Corrections has slapped its latest food contractor with more than $2 million in penalties for inadequate staffing and other problems since it began providing meals in September 2015.

Department spokesman Chris Gautz told the Detroit Free Press  the penalties against Trinity Services Group include $905,000 for unauthorized meal substitutions, $357,000 for delays serving meals, $356,000 for inadequate staffing levels, and $294,000 for sanitation violations.

Gaultz says the department believes staffing problems lead to other issues.

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GRPS

Thirty eight public schools were placed on the states “Priority List” and 79 were removed. How did Grand Rapids Public Schools fair in today’s report?

The Michigan School Reform Office removed 79 schools from its Top to Bottom list.

Of the 13 Grand Rapids Public Schools schools placed on the Priority School list last year, six have been removed.

The academic improvements registered at Aberdeen School, Campus Elementary, Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Academy, Mulick Park Elementary, Ottawa Hills High School, and Union High School.

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