Ypsilanti, MI – The Ypsilanti School Board has approved a 53-point-seven million dollar budget for 2006-2007. Superintendent James Hawkins says it was possible to balance the new spending plan without cutting instructional programs, but Hawkins warned that next year's budget will be much tougher to balance. He says a deficit of nearly four-million dollars is already projected, and there are no big-ticket items, like the sale of school property, to help make ends meet.
Ypsilanti, MI – Ypsilanti Schools Superintendent James Hawkins got a glowing review of his job performance from the district's board of education. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the review from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – There's a mix of good and bad news for Michigan children in the latest 'Kids Count' report from the Annie E. Casey foundation. Click on the audio icon for details from WEMU's Bob Eccles.
Ypsilanti, MI – Each month, Eastern Michigan University President John Fallon talks with WEMU's David Fair about the major issues facing the university. This time around, the new fiscal year budget takes center stage. Click on the audio icon to hear the complete interview.
Ypsilanti, MI – Amy Grettum is director of the "conscientious cruiser", a commercial-size bus that now serves as a community classroom. Click on the audio icon to learn more about this unique program on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor officials hope the community can become the model for the rest of the state when it comes to mass transportation. On Thursday, the city unveiled a vision of commuter railroads combined with connecting busses or streetcars to ease traffic congestion, reduce energy use, and reduce the need for the construction of expensive roads and parking structures. Click on the audio icon to hear more on the story from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.