Ann Arbor Public Schools

Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools have fallen a bit short of their target of adding 400 new students this year.  But, student increases may have come from the right places to keep the budget balanced.


Jack Panitch
Jack Panitch

The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, Jack Panitch is the focus of today's report.


Christine Stead
Christine Stead

The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, incumbent trustee Christine Stead is the focus of today's report.


Susan Baskett
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The Ann Arbor School Board will have a new look after next month's election.  Ten Candidates are running for four seats on the board.  While I will be interviewing all of the candidates, incumbent trustee Susan Baskett is the focus of today's report.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Next month's election could dramatically change the appearance of the Ann Arbor School Board.  Four of the seven seats are up for election, and the board will have at least two new faces as Glenn Nelson and Irene Patalan aren't seeking re-election.  Voters get a chance to meet the candidates tonight.


Whitmore Lake Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake voters will consider the annexation plan in less than three weeks.  The plan was the focus of much of today's Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's IMPACT 2014 event. Area business leaders heard plenty of questions about the proposal.


STEAM at Northside
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Two of the biggest changes in Ann Arbor Public Schools this year are STEAM at Northside and the Pathways to Success Academic Campus.  Enrollment is up at both schools and work continues on building expansion plans.


Whitmore Lake Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

To remain in the black despite declining student enrollment, Whitmore Lake Schools officials closed the middle school, eliminated programs, and still have spent essentially all of the district's reserves.  Fearing that the inevitable outcome of this constant reduction in services and enrollment would be state takeover, they turned to Ann Arbor Public Schools for an annexation.  


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools officials believe they now have all the information they're going to get from the state around the proposed annexation of Whitmore Lake Public Schools.  Community members supporting and opposing the plan still have plenty of questions.


Whitmore Lake Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

In less than a month voters in the Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake school districts will decide if annexation plans move forward.  Many Whitmore Lake voters have questions, but appear to accept annexation as the best option.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

To balance the budget this year, Ann Arbor Public Schools have been counting on a boost in attendance, and the additional per-pupil dollars that comes with more kids in the classroom.  The final enrollment number will be up, but likely not as much as hoped.


Washtenaw Intermediate School District
Washtenaw Intermediate School District

It's more than three weeks into the school year and the Washtenaw Intermediate School District is still looking to add permanent bus drivers.  Finding enough school bus drivers is a lingering issue. 


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

No one can be certain what direction the Ann Arbor Board of Education may take after the November Election. We do know there will be some new representation. There are 10- candidates seeking to fill four available school seats. An outgoing trustee  plans to pay close attention to the race.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Students in Ann Arbor Public Schools have more classmates this year. Preliminary numbers indicate efforts to boost enrollment are working. 


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Seven weeks from now voters in Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake will decide the future of Whitmore Lake Public Schools.  That's when the vote on an annexation plan takes place.  Voters will have several chances to find out more about the proposal.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

This week Ann Arbor Public Schools fired two teachers and one assistant principal because they failed to renew their certifications.  The head of Ann Arbor's teachers union says the certification requirements are fair and reasonable.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

In November residents in the Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake school districts will decide if annexation plans move forward. Ann Arbor Public Schools officials think decisions made in the coming weeks in Lansing will be important to voters.


Whitmore Lake Public Schools
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What could be the final year for cash strapped Whitmore Lake Public Schools is underway.  In November voters in Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake will decide if annexation plans move forward. Whitmore Lake residents still have lots of questions.


STEAM at Northside
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools have rolled out a variety of new initiatives this year. Many of the changes are a result of last year's Listen and Learn tour by Superintendent Jeanice Swift. The new STEAM at Northside program's different approach to education has resulted in an enrollment spike.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

In her first year on the job Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Jeanice Swift led a wide variety of changes in an effort to meet community desires and boost attendance.


Michigan Teachers and Allies for Change
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With most schools opening next week a group of parents, teachers, and other supporters of public education are holding a rally Thursday night in Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza.  The rally is designed to focus on the positives public schools bring to communities and the need for additional funding.


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

With Ann Arbor Public Schools starting in just over a week, staff is closely monitoring enrollment figures. It's always a fluid number at this time of year, but the district faces more uncertainty this year.


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As parents get ready to send children back to school, health officials are calling for kids to get appropriate vaccinations.  The request comes at a time when more Washtenaw County parents opt out of vaccinations than other counties in the state.     

Washtenaw County Public Health Immunizations Coordinator Chris Karpinski says vaccines are a safe easy way to prevent illness from spreading.

Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake Public Schools voters will decide in November if annexation plans should go forward.  If they do it will be the second time a pair of Washtenaw Intermediate School Districts have merged in the last few years.  


Ann Arbor Public Schools
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

If annexation is approved, a combined Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake School district would become the 4th largest in the state.  Just over a month ago, the Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake School Boards held a joint meeting to start talks about possible annexation.  We'll likely know after a meeting Wednesday night at Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School if a plan will be put before voters this fall to move forward with combining the districts.


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