Snyder tours G.R. school that could be statewide model

8:32 PM, Jan 25, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - On Friday, Governor Rick Snyder got a first-hand look at a school program that started in West Michigan and may be replicated statewide.

The Kent School Services Network has been in place for six years, and it's been credited with fixing performance and attendance problems at Sibley School and others that were part of the pilot program.

"This isn't just a case of government, this is the community coming together to help kids in the community, and that's the way to view it... and that's the great thing about hearing about all the partnerships going on," Snyder told reporters.

The KSSN places representatives of social and medical service agencies within the school, so all of a struggling family's needs can be met in one location. Snyder is proposing a similar program he calls "Pathways to Prosperity" be rolled out statewide.

"The only way you can educate children is to remove barriers. I was one of the founders of this program-- I believe in it and it does work," said Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal.

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