Ann Arbor Public Schools http://wemu.org en Farewell Celebration For Roberto Clemente Student Development Center Saturday http://wemu.org/post/farewell-celebration-roberto-clemente-student-development-center-saturday <div>This fall, Ann Arbor Public Schools open the new Pathways to Success Campus. It brings together the Roberto Clemente and A2 Tech programs. &nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:26:23 +0000 Andrew Cluley 49321 at http://wemu.org Farewell Celebration For Roberto Clemente Student Development Center Saturday Ann Arbor Public Schools Set Tuition For Non-Resident Students http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-set-tuition-non-resident-students <div>In lieu of state funds, Ann Arbor Public Schools will charge almost $15,000 tuition for some non-residents. The school board approved the maximum tuition the state allows for students that missed schools of choice enrollment or aren't eligible. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:45:33 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48163 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Set Tuition For Non-Resident Students Ann Arbor Schools Could See Direct And Indirect Growth In Students With Annexation Plan http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-schools-could-see-direct-and-indirect-growth-students-annexation-plan <div>Ann Arbor Public Schools could gain more than just Whitmore Lake's approximately 1,000 students if annexation plans move forward. &nbsp;That's because Whitmore Lake Public Schools currently accepts schools of choice students from Livingston County. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:32:32 +0000 Andrew Cluley 48002 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Schools Could See Direct And Indirect Growth In Students With Annexation Plan 2014-15 Ann Arbor Public Schools Budget Includes Salary Freeze http://wemu.org/post/2014-15-ann-arbor-public-schools-budget-includes-salary-freeze <div>Additional students, a freeze on employee pay, and outsourcing custodial work are keys to Ann Arbor Public Schools having a balanced budget for next year. &nbsp;The school board approved the $197 million general fund plan early Thursday morning. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:29:38 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47935 at http://wemu.org 2014-15 Ann Arbor Public Schools Budget Includes Salary Freeze Ann Arbor School Board Gives Superintendent Swift Excellent Evaluation http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-school-board-gives-superintendent-swift-excellent-evaluation <div>From the Listen and Learn tour, to a budget strategy that focused on increasing enrollment new superintendent Jeanice Swift is getting high marks from the Ann Arbor School Board. &nbsp;</div><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:22:38 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47948 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Board Passes Budget http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-board-passes-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Ann Arbor Public Schools has an approved 2014-2015 budget.&nbsp; It took extending the regular session until after midnight, but the board has voted to approve the funding proposal.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:53:58 +0000 Patrick Campion 47915 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Board Passes Budget Concerns Remain Over Plans To Outsource Ann Arbor Schools Custodial Work http://wemu.org/post/concerns-remain-over-plans-outsource-ann-arbor-schools-custodial-work <div>A group of parents, union members, and others in the community continue to object to Ann Arbor Public Schools plan to outsource custodial work. &nbsp;Earlier this month the school board accepted a bid from GCA&nbsp;Services that will reduce custodial costs by $2 million annually. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:42:23 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47825 at http://wemu.org Concerns Remain Over Plans To Outsource Ann Arbor Schools Custodial Work Ann Arbor Teachers Considering Salary Freeze Agreement http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-teachers-considering-salary-freeze-agreement <div>Ann Arbor teachers are voting on an agreement that will freeze wages for next school year. &nbsp;The deal was reached after the district announced they would cancel the entire teachers contract &nbsp;if necessary to hold salaries flat. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:09:28 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47822 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Teachers Considering Salary Freeze Agreement Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake Schools Considering Annexation http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-and-whitmore-lake-schools-considering-annexation <div><strong><a href="https://sites.google.com/a/wlps.net/wlps/" target="_blank">Whitmore Lake Public Schools </a></strong>has a small fund balance and only plans to open two buildings in the fall, which could make the district ripe for &nbsp;state take-over. &nbsp;A possible alternative now being studied is annexation by <strong><a href="http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/aaps/home" target="_blank">Ann Arbor Public Schools</a></strong>. &nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:00:57 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47821 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake Schools Considering Annexation Ann Arbor Teachers Want Alternatives To Salary Freeze http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-teachers-want-alternatives-salary-freeze <div>Ann Arbor teachers still hope to find solutions to the district's budget that won't leave last year's wage concession in place. &nbsp;The district has set a deadline of next Monday to have an agreement in place or the entire contract will be terminated at the end of the month. &nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:41:35 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47397 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Teachers Want Alternatives To Salary Freeze Ann Arbor Public Schools Officials To Share Budget Concerns With State Board Of Education http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-officials-share-budget-concerns-state-board-education <div>Ann Arbor Public Schools leaders get a chance to present funding concerns to the state board of education this week. &nbsp;Tuesday's meeting comes on the heels of the legislature approving a K-12 budget that forced the district to delay approving next year's budget. &nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:15:02 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47311 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Officials To Share Budget Concerns With State Board Of Education Ann Arbor School Board Waiting To Approve 2014-15 Budget http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-school-board-waiting-approve-2014-15-budget <div>The Ann Arbor School Board has taken steps towards completing next year's budget, but chose not to vote on the plan Wednesday night. &nbsp;The delay is designed to give more time to adjust spending based on the state's new K-12 funding model. &nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:29:16 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47227 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor School Board Waiting To Approve 2014-15 Budget Ann Arbor Area Superintendents Blast State K-12 Funding Proposal http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-area-superintendents-blast-state-k-12-funding-proposal <p>The Ann Arbor School Board was set to vote on a balanced budget tonight, but the latest proposal for state funding would leave a big hole to fill.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>A House Senate committee's proposal would give the district $2.5 million less than Governor Rick Snyder's plan.&nbsp;</p><p>Superintendent&nbsp;Jeanice&nbsp;Swift indicated the board will likely still vote on the original budget tonight.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:06:47 +0000 Andrew Cluley 47164 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Area Superintendents Blast State K-12 Funding Proposal Ann Arbor School Custodians Consider Co-op To Keep Jobs http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-school-custodians-consider-co-op-keep-jobs <div>Custodians with Ann Arbor schools are considering forming a worker-owned cooperative as part of an effort to keep their jobs if their work is outsourced by the district. &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The custodians' union </span>AFSCME<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Local 1128 voted Saturday to pursue forming the cooperative. The Ann Arbor News reports </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;the district could contract with the co-op for custodial work without paying into the state retirement system for school employees.</span></div><div> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:19:27 +0000 Associated Press 47082 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor School Custodians Consider Co-op To Keep Jobs Ann Arbor Schools Parents Asked To Complete Online Survey http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-schools-parents-asked-complete-online-survey <p>Ann Arbor schools parents are being asked to take an online survey to help the district better serve their children.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The survey asks for input on issues such as access to school leadership, how the district can improve parent engagement, how schools are operating, and how their child's needs are being met.&nbsp;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.k12insight.com/survey.aspx?k=QsQSRRVsWsSWPQUYXYXsP&amp;lang=&amp;ver=new&amp;data=">link to the survey</a></strong></p><p></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 00:21:12 +0000 Bob Eccles 46817 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Schools Parents Asked To Complete Online Survey Ann Arbor School Board Holding Public Hearing On Budget http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-school-board-holding-public-hearing-budget <div>Ann Arbor Public Schools welcomes the community to comment on their budget Wednesday night.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div> Wed, 28 May 2014 20:22:34 +0000 Andrew Cluley 46535 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor School Board Holding Public Hearing On Budget Ann Arbor Schools Considering Tuition Program http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-schools-considering-tuition-program <div>Families could soon have the option of paying tuition to have their children attend <strong><a href="http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/aaps/home" target="_blank">Ann Arbor Public Schools</a></strong>.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 18:48:41 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45895 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Schools Considering Tuition Program Learn More About Ann Arbor School's International Baccalaureate Program Tonight http://wemu.org/post/learn-more-about-ann-arbor-schools-international-baccalaureate-program-tonight <div>Questions about what the coming <strong><a href="http://www.ibo.org/" target="_blank">International Baccalaureate</a></strong> program will mean for Ann Arbor students? Tonight's the first chance to get some answers from the district.&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 17:24:03 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45770 at http://wemu.org Learn More About Ann Arbor School's International Baccalaureate Program Tonight Ann Arbor Schools Again Offering Schools of Choice Seats http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-schools-again-offering-schools-choice-seats <div>Through June 2nd parents from across Washtenaw County can again apply for schools of choice seats in <strong><a href="http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/aaps/home" target="_blank">Ann Arbor Public Schools</a></strong>. &nbsp;The district has gained about 600 students for next school year, but still hasn't filled all of the 750 choice slots initially offered.&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 01:37:55 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45479 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Schools Again Offering Schools of Choice Seats Ann Arbor 5th Grader Michigan Winner In Google Doodle Contest http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-5th-grader-michigan-winner-google-doodle-contest <p>An elementary school student from Ann Arbor is the Michigan winner in a nation-wide contest for K-12 students to design a "Google Doodle" using the theme "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place..."</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:35:02 +0000 Bob Eccles 45111 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor 5th Grader Michigan Winner In Google Doodle Contest Washtenaw County Places Three Schools In Top 20 List http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-places-three-schools-top-20-list <p>Washtenaw County has some of the best high schools in Michigan, according to U.S. News &amp; World Report.</p><p></p><p>Ann Arbor Public Schools' Pioneer and Huron High Schools, along with Saline High School, made it into the organization's list of top 20 schools for 2014.</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:25:19 +0000 Taylor Pinson & Bob Eccles 44842 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Places Three Schools In Top 20 List Ann Arbor Public Schools To Send Schools Of Choice Notifications By Early Next Week http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-send-schools-choice-notifications-early-next-week <p><strong><a href="http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/aaps/home" target="_blank">Ann Arbor Public Schools</a></strong> officials say they are pleased with the number of schools of choice and young fives applications the district received.&nbsp; The exact number of applicants won’t be released until next week after all of the applications have been processed and seats are filled. &nbsp;</p><p>Director of Communications Liz Margolis says they have to let parents know by Tuesday or Wednesday the status of applications.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:25:07 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44166 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools To Send Schools Of Choice Notifications By Early Next Week Ann Arbor Public Schools Credit Rating Lowered http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-credit-rating-lowered <p><strong><a href="http://www.standardandpoors.com/" target="_blank">Standard and Poor’s</a></strong> has lowered the <strong><a href="http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/aaps/home" target="_blank">Ann Arbor Public Schools</a></strong> credit rating from AA-Plus to A-Plus.&nbsp; The downgrade came after the district used more reserves than originally anticipated this fiscal year.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Communications Director Liz </span>Margolis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says it’s the second downgrade in the last couple of years, but they shouldn’t continue.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a statement Superintendent Jeanice Swift says they have in place a solid financial plan to improve fiscal stability.&nbsp; Swift highlights efforts to increase revenue through attracting more students while also taking steps to decrease expenditures without reducing services for students.&nbsp; She believes these moves will help the district begin to rebuild fund balance within a reasonable time.</span></p><p>According to Margolis efforts to increase enrollment appear to be working and the district should be able to increase fund equity next year.&nbsp; She believes this combined with contract concessions the district is working on should lead to higher credit ratings. &nbsp;Margolis adds since the district has no plans to sell bonds now she doesn't anticipate an immediate financial impact from the credit downgrade.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:30:45 +0000 Andrew Cluley 44154 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Credit Rating Lowered Ypsilanti Community Schools Tackling Charter Schools, Schools of Choice Challenges http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-tackling-charter-schools-schools-choice-challenges <p>The Superintendent of Ypsilanti Community Schools says his district is working in the face of challenges such as charter schools and Schools of Choice to become a top option for cradle to career education.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Scott Menzel says Ann Arbor Public Schools' Schools of Choice push poses a challenge, as does the legislature's removing the cap on the number of charter schools in Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:20:52 +0000 Bob Eccles 44100 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Tackling Charter Schools, Schools of Choice Challenges Clague Middle School Students Learn About Online Safety http://wemu.org/post/clague-middle-school-students-learn-about-online-safety <div>The internet provides a powerful tool for students tying to learn, but can also pose big security risks. Officials with Google brought their "<em><strong><a href="https://www.google.com/goodtoknow/web/roadshow/">Good to Know School&nbsp;</a></strong></em><em><strong><a href="https://www.google.com/goodtoknow/web/roadshow/">R</a></strong></em><em><strong><a href="https://www.google.com/goodtoknow/web/roadshow/">oadshow</a></strong></em>" to Clague Middle School Thursday to help students avoid dangerous online behavior.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:58:05 +0000 Andrew Cluley & Rose Carver 43874 at http://wemu.org Clague Middle School Students Learn About Online Safety