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Education

Is the Kalamazoo Promise worth keeping?

photo of Students in class at Waterford Mott High School.
courtesy: Mott High School
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Students who attend a public Kalamazoo high school for their entire high school career and live in the district during those four years have the opportunity to attend a Michigan college or University for free.

This, of course, is old news.

The Kalamazoo Promise was announced in November 2005 and has since proven to be one of the most groundbreaking educational programs in the state.

Seven years later, it's time to examine the Promise's impact inside and out of the classrooms.

Has it impacted student academic behavior?

Do Kalamazoo public schools have a better image?

Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Michelle Miller-Adams, a political scientist and professor at Grand Valley State University and a research fellow at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Listen to the full interview above.

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