Michigan News
8:26 am
Wed July 9, 2014

State Schools Superintendent Has Warning For Charter School Authorizers

Michigan Schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan.
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State superintendent predicts institutions will lose ability to charter schools

The top education official in Michigan says there's a good chance some institutions will lose their authority to create charter schools.

That statement comes a day after state Superintendent of Schools Mike Flanagan said he's ready to use his authority to revoke that ability from charter school authorizers. That's if they fail to meet new standards for transparency set by state education officials.

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Safety
8:25 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Eastern Washtenaw Safety Alliance Introduced

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State Representative David Rutledge has formally introduced a collaborative effort to address public safety, an effort at least partially in response to a rash of crimes on Washtenaw County's east side, including the killing of Eastern Michigan University student athlete Demarius Reed, 

WEMU's Bob Eccles reports.

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WEMU News
6:28 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Washtenaw International High School Tops In County On ACT

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Washtenaw International High School students accomplished something really special in the latest round of Michigan Merit Exam and ACT testing: they were tops in the county and number two in the state with their composite ACT score of 27-point-three.

Not bad, considering the program is barely three years old. 

Principal Nhu Do says the results are impressive.

"It really is attributable to all the hard work that the staff, students, faculty members, district supporters have really put in place to ensure the success of these students."

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Community
4:45 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Member Proposing Charter Amendment To Return Eligibility Guidelines

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A court ruling in May put Bob Dascola on the ballot in Ann Arbor's third ward primary.  It's also left the city without any eligibility requirements.  To address this concern City Council member Jane Lumm is proposing a charter amendment to go before voters in November.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on a proposed Ann Arbor Charter Amendment so the city can once again have eligibility requirements for candidates running for City Council and Mayor.

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Community
8:53 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Ann Arbor City Council Helps Fund Washtenaw County Animal Control Services

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The City of Ann Arbor will spend 135-thousand dollars to support animal control services in Washtenaw County. 

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports Ann Arbor City Council approves funding for animal control services.

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WEMU News
4:31 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Washtenaw County Merit Exam Scores Continue To Improve

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Washtenaw County students continue to show improvement in the Michigan Merit Exam.

Washtenaw Intermediate School District communication specialist Emma Jackson says improvements among the class of 2015 were seen in reading, writing, science and social studies, while math proficiency stayed about the same.

"Our reading scores really stand out at 72 percent proficient," Jackson says, "and they're some of the highest in the state."

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Michigan News
4:31 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Good News, Bad News In State Test Data

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High schoolers' test scores up in all areas, many still not ready for college

Michigan high school juniors are improving in all core academic subjects. That's according to standardized test results released Monday.

The Michigan Merit Exam (MME) is given to high school juniors each year. The data released by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) includes the ACT college entrance exam.

The biggest improvements in the results were in social studies and reading. State education officials credit tougher graduation requirements approved in 2006.

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Community
4:50 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority Celebrates Blake Transit Center Grand Opening

Andrew Cluley 89.1 WEMU

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority held the official grand opening of the new Blake Transit Center in downtown Ann Arbor today.  It's been open since March but it will still be another week or so before buses will use the facility's covered driveway for loading and unloading passengers.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the grand opening of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority's new Blake Transit Center.

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Education
6:40 am
Mon July 7, 2014

University of Michigan Solar Car Team Prepares To Defend National Title

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The University of Michigan's solar car team is making final plans as they look to defend their five consecutive national titles.  The competition starts Saturday with a week of qualifying before the Austin to Minneapolis race gets under way.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the University of Michigan Solar Car team getting ready for the American Solar Challenge.

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WEMU News
6:30 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Ypsilanti City Council To Consider Purchase Agreement For East Side Rec Center

The Water Street Redevelopment Area.
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Ypsilanti City Council recently closed on a deal to sell a parcel of Water Street property for a Family Dollar Store, and there's no time to relax before the next proposal lands on council's plate.

A purchase agreement for Washtenaw County's proposed east side rec center is on council's Tuesday night agenda. 

City Planner Teresa Gillotti.

"There will be a public hearing on it," Gillotti says, "and probably a vote on it from city council to potentially accept the offer."

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