Charter Schools at Eastern Michigan University - an overview by Dr. Malverne C. Winborne, Published July 14, 2014 Eastern Michigan University has been authorizing charter schools since the state of Michigan first passed laws allowing the practice in the early 1990s. The University is deeply experienced in overseeing charter schools, and has a clear goal in doing so.
Issues of the Environment: A sustainable homestead in Washtenaw County with Jason and Julia Gold.
The Gold family owns and operates a farming “homestead” in Washtenaw County known as “Our Handmade Life”, where they live a self-sustaining, green life and they offer courses to the public on how they do it.
The farm, on Vreeland Road, features a bio-intensive passive greenhouse (no fossil fuels!), the Michigan Folk School, dozens of varieties of organic produce, mushrooms, goats, and chickens.
Jason and Julia Gold have operated “Our Handmade Life” since 2011, and both the farm and the school have expanded every year since. They are currently offering classes on chicken butchering, earth ovens, soap making, fermentation, ale brewing, and much more.
An association of non-union construction companies has asked the state Supreme Court to strike down local prevailing wage laws. The Associated Builders and Contractors says a state law preempts the ordinances.
Nearly two dozen Michigan communities have their own prevailing wage ordinances. They're supposed to ensure that workers on city-financed projects are paid something close to union wages.
Ann Arbor homeless advocates hope the large turnout at a mayoral forum on the issue will show it's a priority to voters. If nothing else all four City Council members appearing on the democratic ballot for mayor pledged to commit financial and political capital to ending homelessness in the city by 2018.
The group Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards is taking the effort to prevent an exploratory well from being drilled in Scio Township to court.
The group would not say who it's targeting with the suit, but president Laura Robinson says the state Department of Environmental Quality failed when it issued a permit to West Bay Exploration Company.
Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards holds an informational meeting at 7 tonight at the Scio Township hall.
If you've spent anytime boating on Lake Erie over the last few summers, you may very well have been diverted by huge patches of algae blooms.
It would appear you'll have the same issue later this summer.
Scientists predict another large toxic bloom will appear on the western side of Lake Erie this summer. The blooms are caused by excessive amounts of phosphorus and other chemicals typically found in agricultural run-off.
Don Scavia is Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.
Things could soon look a lot different on Ann Arbor's Research Park Drive near State Street.
City Council has approved a zoning change that will allow the currently vacant land to be developed for mixed-use purposes.
Developers have already submitted a plan for the area that includes an 8-court indoor/outdoor tennis facility as well as two five-story buildings for research, office or limited industrial uses. City Planner Jeff Kahan says the developer's plan for the other lots in the area is less detailed, but will be used for office and research buildings.
An Eastern Michigan University professor has been honored for her efforts in social work. The Michigan chapter of the National Association of Social Workers gave Marjorie Ziefert a Lifetime Achievement award.