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King Hall, the site of last week's racist graffiti message, played host to an event devoted to unity, diversity, and hope.  The students and staff of the Early College Alliance, whose offices are in King Hall, gathered to ask questions, alleviate concerns, and put forth the message that hate is not a part of the EMU community.  WEMU was there to speak with the students and staff about how they've been dealing with a climate of fear and uncertainty that has been created by these acts of hateful cowardice.

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Legislation on child restraint in classrooms passed through a House committee Thursday.  The legislation would prevent teachers from restraining or isolating a student, except as a last resort in an emergency situation. 

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The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to adopt voluntary guidelines to help schools with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students.  The guidance is intended to help schools create a safe and supportive learning environment for LGBTQ students.

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Sunday will mark the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks on America.  The world has changed since September 11th of 2001 in a number of ways, but on this day, it is a time for reflection.  Listen below for the emotional story of how a piece of history came to rest in Ypsilanti. 

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Seven schools have been released from the state’s list of lowest-performing schools.  But 184 schools are still on the list. 

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Test scores are improving for Michigan students.  That’s the Michigan Department of Education’s message on the results of a statewide test.  

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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. 

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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.  

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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.