GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – A survey of students, parents, staff, caregivers, and community members shows Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) the district has problems that need a remedy.

Fifty-seven percent rated the district with an “F” grade for how well the school board demonstrates appropriate knowledge of needs and issues of students and families, while 48% gave an “F” for how budget allocations have addressed chronic issues.

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The community views GRPS as average or below average on the eight questions asked, with one teacher telling the district on Tuesday night that “people at the top are too far removed from the students” and her voice is not heard unless she speaks at meetings.

In addition, parents add the district needs to set specific goals.