Is it really too much to ask of the Grand Rapids Press to tell the full story? Last week, the local rag headlined the regional section with "By choice, GR schools a bigger draw". Reporter Dave Murray then opens the story with this:
"Grand Rapids slowly is becoming a destination district for students using the county's school choice plan. Educators say 84 suburban students are entering the city schools through the plan, up 23 from last year and by far the most ever accepted by the district."
Murray's "by far" is an indication of just how pathetic Grand Rapids public schools are in drawing new students from the 'burbs. But you wouldn't know this because he makes no mention whatsoever in his lengthy article that the GRPS will probably lose another 800 or more students to suburban districts come September. So now you have the other half of the story.