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China tries to end brain drain, lure foreign-educated talent

As a young biologist at the University of Michigan, Chen Xiaowei had plenty to like about life in the U.S. He was paid well as a researcher and enjoyed raising his family in Ann Arbor, a town he remembers as beautiful, friendly and highly educated. But an offer from a Chinese university for him to return home to Beijing was …

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Western Michigan University president to retire in 2017

The president of Western Michigan University is retiring next year after 10 years in the job. John Dunn says he will serve through June 2017 and then become president emeritus for a year. He announced his retirement Monday to give university trustees plenty of time to find a successor. Kenneth Miller, chairman of WMU’s governing board, says the Kalamazoo school …

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High school banning cellphone use during class

Officials at a Battle Creek high school say students won’t be allowed to have or use cellphones or cellphone-sized electronic devices during class. Lakeview High School Principal Jeff Bohl tells the Battle Creek Enquirer that teachers previously could set cellphone policies for classrooms, but that flexibility posed issues for some students and caused distractions in class. Bohl says educators found “some …

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Centreville principal resigns

Centreville Public Schools is looking for a new junior high/high school principal, as Dennis Kirby announced his resignation to take a job outside the district. The 46-year-old Kirby, a Centreville High School alumnus, accepted the job of assistant middle school principal in Vicksburg. Centreville superintendent Rob Kuhlman said a committee of district staff and administrators will assemble to secure a …

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New school board member in Constantine

Constantine Public Schools has added a new board of education member. Sam Maddox was chosen last week to complete the term of Scott Manning, who stepped down after a work-related relocation resulted in his residency outside the school district. The term expires in November.

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Frisbie accepts position at GOCC

Glen Oaks Community College has announced that Chuck Frisbie has accepted the position as the college’s part-time director of institutional innovation. In the newly created position, Frisbie will work with all units of the college to help with special and developing initiatives in areas such as grants, partnerships, program development, K-12 engagement and others, according to David Devier, Glen Oaks …

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