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Ypsilanti Community Schools superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson is entering his sophomore season in the position and says he's looking forward to raising his batting average.  

That means making some positive changes and continuing the momentum they have so far and approving student achievement and overall morale.


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The Washtenaw Intermediate School District along with MLive and The Ann Arbor News are hosting a school supply drive for homeless students in the county. 


Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medical Center

The practice of "cupping" has been gaining attention due to its use by some high-profile athletes at the Olympic games. 'Cupping' is not just for Olympic athletes, it's been done in Ann Arbor for years.


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Michigan schools need to spend more money helping students with special needs.  That’s the finding of a study commissioned by the state Legislature in 2015.  


School Districts Receive Waivers To Start Early

Jul 22, 2016
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Students might need to change their Labor Day weekend plans.  This fall, 50 school districts will have a new, earlier start date.  


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Washtenaw Intermediate School District will see an increase in preschool funding under a bill signed by Governor Rick Snyder Monday. 


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Governor Rick Snyder traveled to a middle school in Oakland County to sign a $16 billion education budget for the coming fiscal year.  He approved it despite questions over a provision that sends money to private and religious schools. 


What made Mozart great? Or Bobby Fischer? Or Serena Williams?

The answer sits somewhere on the scales of human achievement. On one side: natural talent. On the other: hard work. Many would argue that success hangs in some delicate balance between them. But not Anders Ericsson.

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Ann Arbor Public Schools is looking for host families to take in 20 Chinese students later this year.

A2Y Vice President of Foundation and Leadership for the A2Y chamber Barbara Davenport and attorney Andrew Fink of Fink and Fink Law in Ann Arbor discuss the community leadership class, which has had more than 3,000 graduates over the past 33 years.

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The Michigan State Board of Education holds its final public session Tuesday on controversial guidelines to help schools come up with plans to deal with gay and transgender students. 


This winter, Jameria Miller would often run to her high school Spanish class, though not to get a good seat.

She wanted a good blanket.

"The cold is definitely a distraction," Jameria says of her classroom's uninsulated, metal walls.

Her teacher provided the blankets. First come, first served. Such is life in the William Penn School District in an inner-ring suburb of Philadelphia.

The hardest part for Jameria, though, isn't the cold. It's knowing that other schools aren't like this.

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The Washtenaw Intermediate School District will ask voters in the May 3rd election to approve a special education millage.


  

The University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History is asking the public to help build one of its new exhibits.

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The University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History is trying to raise money for a new woolly mammoth exhibit.

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Community High School was started in 1972 with some radical ideas, enthusiastic teachers, and a reclaimed elementary school building in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The concept was based on a “school without walls” approach where the city could serve as the classroom.  Students were encouraged to design their own courses and take responsibility for their education.  There was no prom, no cafeteria, no sports teams, an AntiZebra anti-mascot, and students called teachers by their first names.

I spoke with local independent filmmaker and video producer Donald Harrison behind the documentary about Ann Arbor's "Community High School."


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A University of Michigan program aimed at helping students in Ypsilanti and Southfield prepare for college is off to a promising start.

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A major high school robotics competition is taking place today and tomorrow in Ann Arbor. 


Fact:  Trumpeter Ingrid Racine has released her first CD of original tunes and arrangements as a leader – Concentric Circles.  Opinion:  This is modern jazz of the highest order placing Ingrid Racine in the company of fellow modern trumpet improvisers Eddie Henderson, Ingrid Jensen, Wallace Roney and Sean Jones.  

Fact:  WEMU is proud to present Ingrid and her quartet featuring guitarist Chuck Newsome, bassist Ben Rolston and drummer Rob Avsharian at our next free Sesi Motors 5:01 Jazz Show at Rush Street Nightclub Friday April 1st at 5:01 PM sharp.  

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The Ypsilanti Community Schools board of education will meet tonight


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Former state House Speaker Curtis Hertel is being remembered today as a leader whose willingness to compromise helped lead to a historic overhaul of how Michigan pays for public schools.  He died over the weekend at the age of 63.


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The state Senate has adopted legislation that would allow schools to hold back some third graders who are not proficient at reading.  


Kelly Henderson loves her job, teaching at Newton South High School in a suburb west of Boston. But she's frustrated she can't afford to live in the community where she teaches: It's part of the 10th most expensive housing market in the nation.

"For people in the private sector, they're probably saying 'Oh poor you, you can't live in the community where you work, what's the big deal?' " says Henderson, 35. "And I guess part of the nature of public education and why it's a different kind of job, is that it's all-consuming — as it should be."

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The state Senate has approved a more-than $700 million plan for a financial bailout of the Detroit school system. 


Through a pilot program called "The SMART Project", Eastern Michigan University is educating students and staff on how to avoid becoming a victim of sexual assault and how to report it. 


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