education http://wemu.org en Ypsilanti Community Schools Considering Balanced Calendar, Elementary Reconfiguration http://wemu.org/post/ypsilanti-community-schools-considering-balanced-calendar-elementary-reconfiguration <div>The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education is considering three options for re-configuring district elementary schools, a move tied to plans to offer a balanced calendar at one school building next school year.<p></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The board Monday night was briefed on the options, which include three options.</div><div> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:58:13 +0000 Bob Eccles 43733 at http://wemu.org Ypsilanti Community Schools Considering Balanced Calendar, Elementary Reconfiguration Michigan Children Well Below National Average http://wemu.org/post/michigan-children-well-below-national-average <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;LANSING - A report by a private foundation finds the well-being of Michigan's white children slightly below the national average while black children significantly lag the nation.</div><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:53:05 +0000 Associated Press 43702 at http://wemu.org Michigan Children Well Below National Average Eastern Michigan University Honors Businesses of the Year http://wemu.org/post/eastern-michigan-university-honors-businesses-year <p><strong>YPSILANTI&nbsp; –</strong> Ford Motor Company, Crain’s Detroit Business and Bearclaw Coffee are among the best-run businesses in Michigan, according to students in the Eastern Michigan University College of Business.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:06:15 +0000 Bob Eccles 43013 at http://wemu.org Eastern Michigan University Honors Businesses of the Year Count Day appears to have been Kind to Ypsilanti Community Schools http://wemu.org/post/count-day-appears-have-been-kind-ypsilanti-community-schools <p>Student count day appears to have shown a substantial rise in the number of students in Ypsilanti Community Schools. &nbsp;</p><p>Superintendent Scott Menzel says unaudited numbers from Wednesday's count showed 4547 students in class - 55 more than in the fall. &nbsp;</p><p>It's possible some students who may have been out sick or not in school for another legitimate reason could be added to the total. &nbsp;</p><p>Similarly, not all the students counted Wednesday may be the "full-time equivalent" students the state uses to determine funding for school districts. &nbsp;</p><p>It'll be several weeks before the official numbers are known. &nbsp;</p><p>Wednesday's count represents 10 percent of the funding equation, while the fall count represents 90 percent.</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:19:33 +0000 Bob Eccles 41523 at http://wemu.org Count Day appears to have been Kind to Ypsilanti Community Schools Education Achievement Authority Slammed at Community Forum in Ann Arbor http://wemu.org/post/education-achievement-authority-slammed-community-forum-ann-arbor <div>Critics of the Education Achievement Authority want to not only stop the spread of the reform effort but also want it out of Detroit, that was the message Tuesday night at a community forum on the issue hosted by the Ann Arbor Education Authority. &nbsp;</div><p></p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 07:42:29 +0000 Andrew Cluley 41445 at http://wemu.org Listen to the Ypsilanti Community High School Chamber Singers Serenade School Board http://wemu.org/post/listen-ypsilanti-community-high-school-chamber-singers-serenade-school-board <p>The Ypsilanti Community High School Chamber Singers sang for the Board of Education Monday night.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 03:30:17 +0000 Bob Eccles 41054 at http://wemu.org Listen to the Ypsilanti Community High School Chamber Singers Serenade School Board Ann Arbor Public Schools Parents and Teachers Praise Superintendent for Listen and Learn Report http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-parents-and-teachers-praise-superintendent-listen-and-learn-report <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor Superintendent </span>Jeanice<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Swift's <em>Listen and Learn</em> report did a good job of capturing community thoughts on the district according to Parents and Teachers at a meeting at </span>Forysthe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Middle School Thursday night.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Ann Arbor Public Schools look to quickly move forward with improvements Superintendent </span>Jeanice<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Swift is checking that she heard the community correctly during the Listen and Learn tour.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Swift says the community has a hunger for action steps to follow.<br /><br />Kim Carver has had students in the district previously and a son coming to Forsythe Middle School next fall.&nbsp; Carver likes the positive vibe and the lack of defensiveness.</p><p></p><p>Forsythe teacher, Dan Ezekiel is extremely impressed with the report that he believes does a good job boiling down the input of 2,000 people that participated in the fall.</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.aaps.k12.mi.us/aaps/files/listenandlearnreportv3.pdf"><strong>Download the report in .pdf format here</strong></a></li></ul><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Swift will hold Listen and Learn follow-up meetings at Ann Arbor's four other middle schools next week.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For more, view the video summary of the <em>Listen and Learn</em> report</span></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" frameborder="0" height="375" mozallowfullscreen="mozallowfullscreen" src="http://www.schooltube.com/embed/151559512d5e4dc69bad" webkitallowfullscreen="webkitallowfullscreen" width="500"></iframe></p><p></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 06:32:02 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40913 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Parents and Teachers Praise Superintendent for Listen and Learn Report Ann Arbor School Board Approves New Programs for the Fall http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-school-board-approves-new-programs-fall <p>The Ann Arbor School Board has approved a package of program enhancements designed to attract more students particularly to underutilized schools.&nbsp;</p><p>The changes include co-locating Roberto Clemente and Ann Arbor Tech High; a K-8 science, technology, engineering, arts, and math program at Northside Elementary; and new pre-k programs at Allen and Thurston Elementary.&nbsp;</p><p>Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the next step is creating committees of staff, students, and community members to develop the detailed action plans for each new program.&nbsp;</p><p>School board president Deb Mexicotte says the programs are designed to keep costs down but it's still a calculated risk that the new options will attract more students.&nbsp;</p><p>The programs are designed to respond to some of the most common concerns raised by community members during the Listen and Learn tour.<br /><br />There has been positive community feedback about the Pre-K programs at Allen and Thurston and the STEAM program for Northside Elementary.&nbsp; Several Roberto Clemente supporters however told the board they have concerns about what will happen when they move into the same building as Ann Arbor Tech.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:50:09 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40859 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor School Board Approves New Programs for the Fall OyamO to Receive 2014 Shirley Verrett Award http://wemu.org/post/oyamo-receive-2014-shirley-verrett-award <p>Playwright and University of Michigan professor OyamO is being honored tonight by the Women of Color in the Academy Project with the 2014 Shirley Verrett Award.&nbsp;</p><p>The award celebrates faculty members who support the success of female students and faculty in the arts.</p><p>Gloria Thomas is Director of U-M's Center for the Education of Women. She says OyamO was nominated by the School of Music, Theater and Dance.</p><p>Thomas says OyamO is being recognized for his commitment to students, along with his ability to look past racial and ethnic differences to understand human life.&nbsp;</p><p>The award is being presented to OyamO tonight at Stamps Auditorium on Michigan's north campus.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 01:01:57 +0000 Bob Eccles 40857 at http://wemu.org OyamO to Receive 2014 Shirley Verrett Award University of MIchigan Cancels Classes for first time since 1978 http://wemu.org/post/university-michigan-cancels-classes-first-time-1978 <div>The University of Michigan Tuesday <a href="http://umich.edu/announcement/2014-01-28/">canceled classes</a> for the first time in 36 years.</div><div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>School officials based the decision on the extremely low temperatures forecast, and the danger they pose to students traveling across campus to attend classes.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>University of &nbsp;Michigan spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald says other parts of the university, such as the Health System, remained open.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The cancelation of classes was a departure from&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigans's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;controversial decision earlier this month to remain open during a similar cold spell.</span></div><div> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 00:18:48 +0000 Bob Eccles 40794 at http://wemu.org University of MIchigan Cancels Classes for first time since 1978 U-M Program Receives Award for International Education http://wemu.org/post/u-m-program-receives-award-international-education <p>A University of Michigan program that sends engineering students to China has picked up one of the highest honors in international higher education.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p>The <a href="http://umji.sjtu.edu.cn">University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute</a> has won an <a href="http://www.iie.org/Who-We-Are/Awards/Heiskell-Award" target="_blank"><strong>A</strong><strong>ndrew Heiskell Award from the Institute of International Education.&nbsp;</strong></a></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:08:54 +0000 Bob Eccles 40770 at http://wemu.org U-M Program Receives Award for International Education SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Washtenaw County and Surrounding Counties - Tuesday, January 28th http://wemu.org/post/school-closings-washtenaw-county-and-surrounding-counties-tuesday-january-28th-0 <p>Sub-zero temperatures and&nbsp; frigid wind chills have once again forced school districts throughout the region to cancel classes on Tuesday, January 28th.</p><p>A complete listing for Washtenaw, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland and Wayne Counties is available to you here.</p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.wemu.org/listen-live-0" target="_blank"><strong>Listen to 89.1 WEMU</strong> </a>for <em>latest developments</em> throughout the evening.</p><p><strong>SEE ALSO:</strong></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:54:34 +0000 Patrik Holubik 40741 at http://wemu.org SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Washtenaw County and Surrounding Counties - Tuesday, January 28th Eastern Michigan University cancels all classes on Tuesday, Jan. 28 http://wemu.org/post/eastern-michigan-university-cancels-all-classes-tuesday-jan-28 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Sub-zero temperatures and&nbsp; frigid wind chills have once again forced school districts throughout the region, including Eastern Michigan University, to cancel classes on&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tuesday, Jan. 28</span></p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:33:52 +0000 Patrik Holubik 40739 at http://wemu.org Eastern Michigan University cancels all classes on Tuesday, Jan. 28 U-M's New President Mark Schlissel on the Role of the University Beyond Campus [AUDIO] http://wemu.org/post/u-ms-new-president-mark-schlissel-role-university-beyond-campus-audio <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><div><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">The University of Michigan has named Dr. Mark Schlissel as the school's 14th&nbsp; President.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/131176195&amp;color=000000&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="664px"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">On a unanimous vote this morning the University of Michigan Board of Regents, chose to hire Brown University Provost, Dr. Mark Schlissel to serve as Mary Sue Coleman's successor.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><strong>RELATED STORY:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://wemu.org/post/u-m-names-schlissel-14th-president"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 1.357em; font-weight: inherit; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 30px;">U of M Names </span>Schlissel<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 1.357em; font-weight: inherit; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 30px;"> as </span>14th<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 1.357em; font-weight: inherit; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 30px;"> President</span></a>&nbsp;- Full speech here</p><div class="card-stats clearfix" style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; height: auto; float: none; width: 578px; overflow: hidden; position: static; font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 16px;"><div class="card-stat card-facebook" style="margin: 0px 10px 0px 0px; padding: 10px 0px 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 11px; vertical-align: baseline; float: left; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;</div></div></div><div>Schlissel comes to the U of M from Brown University where he has been provost since July of 2011. Prior to working at Brown, he served as Dean of Biological Sciences in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California–Berkeley.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Schlissel says the health of the university is connected to the community and the entire state of Michigan.&nbsp; He says the Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign will be important to maintain the university's high quality programs.</span><p></p><p></p><p></p>Schlissel says the breadth of academic excellence and the openness and accessibility of a public university made U of M one of the tiny handful of places that would make him consider leaving Brown University.&nbsp; He says academic excellence and diversity are linked.&nbsp; Schlissel says that's because students can learn from other students that look at the world differently.<p></p><p></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Schlissel will begin serving on July first, following the official retirement of current president Mary Sue Coleman.&nbsp; He says he will make frequent trips to Ann Arbor over the next several months to learn more about the challenges and opportunities he will face when starting work at Michigan.<p></p><p></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Coleman says she's thrilled the regents have chosen another biochemist to serve as president.&nbsp; She says Schlissel will soon see being the President of the University of Michigan is the best job in the world.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">— Andrew&nbsp;Cluley&nbsp;is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1&nbsp;WEMU&nbsp;News.&nbsp;Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him&nbsp;<a href="mailto:aCluley@emich.edu" style="color: rgb(12, 76, 162); margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">acluley@emich.edu</a>.</em></div><div> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:52:49 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40605 at http://wemu.org U-M's New President Mark Schlissel on the Role of the University Beyond Campus [AUDIO] SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Washtenaw County and Surrounding Areas - Friday, January 24 http://wemu.org/post/school-closings-washtenaw-county-and-surrounding-areas-friday-january-24 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Potentially dangerous wind chills have forced closures for many school districts in the WEMU listening area. For a comprehensive listing of school closings see below. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Tune in to 89.1 WEMU's Morning Edition from 5am-9am Friday for the latest in school closings.</span></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 03:53:30 +0000 Patrik Holubik 40584 at http://wemu.org SCHOOL CLOSINGS: Washtenaw County and Surrounding Areas - Friday, January 24 Ann Arbor Public Schools Prepare for New Federal Food Guidelines http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-prepare-new-federal-food-guidelines <p>Ann Arbor Public Schools officials continue to work with principals, PTO councils, and others to prepare schools for new federal food guidelines.&nbsp; Starting in July all food sold in schools during the school day need their first ingredient be a whole grain, fruit, vegetable, or protein.&nbsp; The new guidelines are designed to promote healthy eating habits for all kids across the country.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>SEE ALSO:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-avoid-borrowing-meet-cash-flow-concerns-december"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor Public Schools Avoid Borrowing to Meet Cash Flow Concerns in December</span></a></p><p>Jenna Bacolor, chair of the district's Wellness Committee says they hope discussions now will help avoid headaches at the start of next school year.<br /><br />Bacolor adds that unfortunately, the federal government and state haven't announced all of the final rules so some questions remain, particularly around exemptions for food sold through fundraisers.&nbsp;</p><p>The new guidelines don't apply to food brought to schools by students.</p><p><strong>SEE ALSO:&nbsp;</strong><a class="gs-title" data-ctorig="http://wemu.org/post/cash-or-credit-how-kids-pay-school-lunch-matters-health" data-cturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=http://wemu.org/post/cash-or-credit-how-kids-pay-school-lunch-matters-health&amp;sa=U&amp;ei=tMHhUqLuA4S1qgGpsICQBQ&amp;ved=0CAYQFjAA&amp;client=internal-uds-cse&amp;usg=AFQjCNH22pQ1Lh635ZQYSuNqUQg2Hbpd-g" dir="ltr" href="http://wemu.org/post/cash-or-credit-how-kids-pay-school-lunch-matters-health" style="cursor: pointer; height: 1.25em; overflow: hidden; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;" target="_top"><b>Cash Or Credit? How Kids Pay For School Lunch Matters For Health</b></a></p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:47:54 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40581 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Prepare for New Federal Food Guidelines Michigan's Black Student Union says Lack of Contact from the University is Unacceptable http://wemu.org/post/michigans-black-student-union-says-lack-contact-university-unacceptable <p>The University of Michigan's Black Student Union says it's unacceptable that it has not yet been contacted by the university regarding seven demands presented Monday by the Union and the group Being Black at U-of-M.&nbsp;</p><p>Geralyn Gaines is Secretary of the Black Student Union, which has threatened "physical actions" if its demands are not met in seven days. She says the actions will be non-violent, but declined to be more specific.</p><p>The demands made Monday include making affordable housing for low-income students available on the main campus, giving black students experiencing financial difficulty emergency scholarships, improving the university's multicultural center, and giving black students an equal chance to effect change.&nbsp;</p><p style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"><strong>The group’s full demand:</strong></p><blockquote><ul style="margin: 1em 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 40px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;"><li>We demand that the university give us an equal opportunity to implement change, the change that complete restoration of the BSU purchasing power through an increased budget would obtain.</li><li>We demand available housing on central campus for those of lower socio-economic status at a rate that students can afford, to be a part of university life, and not just on the periphery.</li><li>We demand an opportunity to congregate and share our experiences in a new Trotter [Multicultural Center] located on central campus.</li><li>We demand an opportunity to be educated and to educate about America’s historical treatment and marginalization of colored groups through race and ethnicity requirements throughout all schools and colleges within the university.</li><li>We demand the equal opportunity to succeed with emergency scholarships for black students in need of financial support, without the mental anxiety of not being able to focus on and afford the university's academic life.</li><li>We demand increased exposure of all documents within the&nbsp;<a href="http://bentley.umich.edu/" style="color: rgb(48, 92, 182); font-weight: bold;">Bentley (Historical) Library</a>. There should be transparency about the university and its past dealings with race relations.</li><li>We demand an increase in black representation on this campus equal to 10 percent.</li></ul></blockquote><p>University Provost Martha Pollack said Monday the school is focusing on three areas: Improving the Trotter Multicultural Center, improving the climate on campus, and increasing enrollment of under-represented minorities as allowed by law.&nbsp;</p><p>Gaines says the Provost's comments were "comforting," but fall short of what the Black Student Union expects from the university.</p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">— Bob Eccles&nbsp;is a reporter and the host of 89.1 WEMU's&nbsp;<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">All Things Considered</strong>. Contact him at 734.487.3363, email him&nbsp;<a href="mailto:reccles@emich.edu" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">reccles@emich.edu</a>,&nbsp;or follow him on Twitter&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/BobEcclesWEMU" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);">@BobEcclesWEMU</a></em> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:13:10 +0000 Bob Eccles 40463 at http://wemu.org Michigan's Black Student Union says Lack of Contact from the University is Unacceptable Geoffrey Canada Gives Eastern Michigan University's MLK Day Keynote Address http://wemu.org/post/geoffrey-canada-gives-eastern-michigan-universitys-mlk-day-keynote-address <p>Educator and Activist Geoffrey Canada says the US has a national problem with educational issues which is clear through the high percentage of high school graduates that can't qualify to enter the military. Canada gave the keynote address for Eastern Michigan University's Martin Luther King Junior Celebration on Monday.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/130516190&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 20:08:09 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40426 at http://wemu.org Geoffrey Canada Gives Eastern Michigan University's MLK Day Keynote Address Ann Arbor Public Schools Avoid Borrowing to Meet Cash Flow Concerns in December http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-avoid-borrowing-meet-cash-flow-concerns-december <meta content="Education cuts, Ann Arbor, Rick Snyder, education, Michigan" name="news_keywords" /> </p><p>Ann Arbor Public Schools planned to borrow money up to three times during the school year to address cash flow issues caused by a smaller fund balance than in previous years.&nbsp; The district has now made it through two of the three months that were most likely to require borrowing without needing to seek outside cash.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>SEE ALSO:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-parents-hopeful-return-tuition-based-pre-school" target="_blank"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor Public Schools Parents Hopeful for Return of Tuition Based Pre-School</span></a></p><p>Chief Financial Officer Nancy Hoover says the planned use of $1.7 million in fund balance this school year, means they may still need to borrow money in June.<br />&nbsp;<br />Hoover adds, the Washtenaw Intermediate School District helped the district avoid the need to borrow money in December by making a bill for transportation services not due until this month. The city of Ann Arbor also helped the district avoid the need for borrowing in December by quickly remitting some of the taxes they collect for the district.&nbsp;</p><p>Hoover says the district's budget included spending $200,000 in interest payments which most of these have now been avoided.</p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 05:09:08 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40407 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Avoid Borrowing to Meet Cash Flow Concerns in December Weekend Watch: Seth Glier, Kronos Quartet, MLK Events and more http://wemu.org/post/weekend-watch-seth-glier-kronos-quartet-mlk-events-and-more <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Upcoming Events for &nbsp;this weekend, January 17 - 20</strong></em></p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:54:12 +0000 Patrik Holubik & Linda Yohn 40319 at http://wemu.org Weekend Watch: Seth Glier, Kronos Quartet, MLK Events and more Ann Arbor School Board Votes to Open 750 School of Choice Seats for 2014-15 School Year http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-school-board-votes-open-750-school-choice-seats-2014-15-school-year <p>Up to 5% of Ann Arbor Public Schools students in the fall could be coming to the district from other school districts in Washtenaw County.&nbsp; The school board Wednesday night voted unanimously to open 750 school of choice seats for out of district students.&nbsp;</p><p>Superintendent Jeanice Swift says the jump in school of choice seats is one of several efforts to better fill the district's classrooms.<br /><br />The district has increased the number of school of choice students attending in each of the last four years, but never has filled all of the available seats.&nbsp;</p><p>To help fill the spaces this year the district is planning a marketing campaign and district officials hope having spaces in all grades except the last two years of high school will help attract families with multiple children.</p><p>School of choice applications will be accepted March third through April first.&nbsp; From Friday through February 14th the district will accept applications for in-district school of choice for students who don't want to attend the school where they live.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:32:48 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40276 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Schools Catalog of Online Classes Approved http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-schools-catalog-online-classes-approved <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor Public Schools will offer over 225 online classes to middle school and high school students this semester.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The school board Wednesday night approved the district's virtual academy's catalog, and also approved opening ten seats in one algebra class to students from other districts.&nbsp;</p><p>School board member Christine Stead says new state laws regarding online learning are yet another unfunded mandate, but the district is working to make the best of the changes.<br /><br />District officials are hoping to learn a lot from offering the single algebra class to students from other districts.&nbsp; They expect to have many more online classes available to students from other districts in the fall.&nbsp;</p><p>Superintendent Jeanice Swift says with the uncertainties around new state laws about online classes every district in Michigan is facing similar challenges.<br /><br />The deadline for registering for online classes this semester is January 22nd with classes starting one week later.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:26:48 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40275 at http://wemu.org All But One Ypsilanti Community Schools Building to Open Friday http://wemu.org/post/all-one-ypsilanti-community-schools-building-open-friday <p>Problems that have forced the closure of Ypsilanti Community Schools the past couple of days have for the most part been resolved.&nbsp;</p><p>Associate Superintendent Laura Lisiscki says only Ypsilanti Community Middle School - Willow Run Campus remains closed Friday as they wait for heating system parts to arrive.&nbsp;</p><p>Lisiscki says district staff has been working around the clock to get buildings ready to re-open, with some staffers so focused on their work that they had to be ordered to go home and get some rest.&nbsp;</p><p>Again, only Ypsilanti Community Middle School - Willow Run Campus is closed Friday in the Ypsilanti Community Schools district.</p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 02:37:05 +0000 Bob Eccles 40035 at http://wemu.org All But One Ypsilanti Community Schools Building to Open Friday Eastern Michigan University Adding Police Officers http://wemu.org/post/eastern-michigan-university-adding-police-officers <p>Eastern Michigan University continues to increase efforts to promote safety on campus and off.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 06:55:50 +0000 Andrew Cluley 39750 at http://wemu.org Eastern Michigan University Adding Police Officers Ann Arbor Schools Looking at New Federal Guidelines on Food Sales in Schools http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-schools-looking-new-federal-guidelines-food-sales-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor Public Schools next month will be looking at what changes are necessary to prepare the district for new federal guidelines on what food can be sold during the school day.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The new rules begin July 1st.&nbsp;</p><p>They require the first ingredient of any food sold in schools be a whole grain, fruit, vegetable, or protein.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong>SEE ALSO:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-schools-roll-out-enhanced-security-measures"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor Schools To Roll Out Enhanced Security Measures</span></a></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>School Board President Deb Mexicotte says the new rules will put some limits on what is available, but doesn't eliminate all snacks.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mexicotte&nbsp;adds,</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;that it doesn't affect food brought to school by students or parents.&nbsp; The new rules also end 30 minutes after the school day so concession stands at evening events don't have to adhere to the guidelines.</span></p><p><br />Mexicotte&nbsp;believes the school stores, vending machines and fundraising efforts will face the biggest challenge from the new rules.&nbsp; She says Chartwells has been planning for the new requirements for some time so the food available in cafeterias should be able to meet the new rules.</p><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 06:29:20 +0000 Andrew Cluley 39589 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Schools Looking at New Federal Guidelines on Food Sales in Schools