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Education
3:56 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Prelimary Enrollment Figures Shows Enrollment decrease

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Ann Arbor Public Schools are facing both an overall decline in enrollment and some overcrowded classrooms.  The school board last night got an update on preliminary information about the start of the school year.  WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more. 

  

Andrew Cluley Reports

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Education
3:35 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Head Start Services To Be Offered In Ypsilanti

The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education last night approved a contract with the Washtenaw Intermediate School District to provide Head Start services in the district.  

Bob Eccles Reports

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10:18 am
Tue September 17, 2013

EMU leads Michigan in freshman enrollment growth over last three years

Lead in text: 
Eastern Michigan is the fastest growing public university in the state of Michigan for new freshmen over the last three years. The University’s fall 2013 freshman class of 2,872 tops Eastern’s previous all-time record of 2,854, set in 1999, and represents an increase of 43 percent or 864 students over the last three years, according to final fall enrollment figures. No other public university in Michigan has seen its freshman population grow so significantly over the last three years.
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Eastern Michigan University
EMU leads Michigan in freshman enrollment growth over last three years by Geoff Larcom, Published September 17, 2013 YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan is the fastest growing public university in the state of Michigan for new freshmen over the last three years.
Community
6:25 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Clean Energy America Visits Michigan College Campuses

Energy Northwest engineer Desirée Wolfgramm
Credit cleanenergy4america.org

A group called "Clean Energy America" is touring college campuses across Michigan this week, speaking with students about the role nuclear power will play in the country's energy future.  

WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Desirée ' Wolfgramm, an engineer with Energy Northwest who's traveling with the group.

Bob Eccles reports

Education
6:53 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Eastern Michigan Is Fastest Growing University In The State

Move in day at Eastern Michigan
Credit Eastern Michigan University

With record freshman enrollment for two consecutive years, Eastern Michigan University is, by far, the fastest growing public university in the State of Michigan.

As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the statistics show, it's not even close:

Record freshman enrollment helps affirm EMU as fastest growing public university in Michigan.

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Community
1:43 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools Investigate Security Upgrades

Officials from the Ann Arbor Public Schools are looking into security upgrades at district buildings in response to tragedies at schools across the country. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports:

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Education
10:32 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Stephen Ross to Give $200M to U. of Michigan

Stephen Ross donates $200 million to the University of Michigan. $100 million for the The Ross School of Business that already carries his name, plus $100 million for athletics.

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Education
7:02 am
Thu August 29, 2013

EMU Announces Largest Freshman Enrollment In School History

Credit Randy Mascharka / Eastern Michigan University

WEMU's David Fair talks with Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin about a historic Freshman class. 

WEMU's David Fair sits down to talk with EMU President Susan Martin on the record enrollment announcement 8/29

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Education
5:46 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools To Lease Out Building, Two Others Unused

When classes start in Ypsilanti Community Schools next week, there will be some buildings that won't be in use. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles has a look at what'll happen with those buildings:

Newly formed Ypsilanti Community Schools won't use all of he buildings that comprised the individual Ypsilanti and Willow Run districts.

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Civil Rights
4:47 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

EMU Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington [Slideshow]

EMU students and administration listen to Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech.
Patrik Holubik

Eastern Michigan University marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington with bells and playing King's historic speech at three o'clock, when the speech was originally given. 

Over 100 people attended the ceremony and listened to comments from EMU professor Ronald Woods and state representative David Rutledge.  Rutledge says there are things King would find utterly amazing if he was here today.

Andrew Cluley's Report on the EMU March on Washington Celebration 8/28

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Environment
8:32 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Issues of the Environment: Ann Arbor's Bike Sharing Program

Issues of the Environment is a feature produced weekly, and heard exclusively during Morning Edition on 89.1 WEMU.

In this week's installment WEMU's David Fair talks with  Heather Seyfarth, Program Supervisor for the Clean Energy Coalition. The Coalition has partnered with the City of Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to create a large-scale bike sharing program in Ann Arbor. Next spring, there will be 14- bike-sharing stations, and 125-bikes available to members of the public.

Issues of the Environment for 8/28/2013

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March on Washington
5:43 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

EMU to Mark 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights March

Eastern Michigan University will mark the 50th anniversary of the civil rights March on Washington Wednesday with a ceremony at Martin Luther King Jr. Gardens. 

President Susan Martin will welcome guests to the event at just before three o'clock Wednesday afternoon.  At three, bells and chimes will ring on campus, and Dr. King's speech will be played. 

Following the speech, closing remarks will be offered by State Representative David Rutledge and EMU professor Donald Woods.  Dr. Woods teaches in the university's Department of Africology and African-American Studies. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gardens are located near Welch Hall, off Cross Street on the south side of the EMU campus.

3:32 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

EMU to commemorate 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's 'I Have a Dream' speech

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The events at Eastern echo those in Washington D.C. where there will be a morning re-dedication program at the King Memorial, and ringing of bells at the Lincoln Memorial at 3 p.m., the time King began his " I Have a Dream" address 50 years ago. Stay tuned to WEMU for special coverage of the 50th anniversary from noon to 4 p.m., including live coverage of President Obama's speech starting at 3 p.m.
  • Source: Emich
  • | Via: Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University to commemorate 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech Event scheduled for 3 p.m. August 28 at MLK Gardens on Eastern campus by Geoff Larcom, Published August 27, 2013 YPSILANTI - At 3 p.m.
Education
8:03 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Ypsilanti Community Schools To Launch Without Union Contracts In Place

WEMU file photo
Credit Patrik Holubik / WEMU

On September 3rd, classes will be held for the first time in the newly formed Ypsilanti Community Schools. 

As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, when teachers and staff had to work next Tuesday, they will do so without benefit of  union negotiated contracts.

Employees with Ypsilanti Community Schools are starting off the school year without a union contract.

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Education
7:47 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board Revises November Ballot Proposal

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education has revised language in the ballot proposal that will appear before voters in November. The school board met briefly on Monday to address concerns about the original language for renewal of  the districts voter-approved sinking fund millage.

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the question voters will decide is no longer a matter of renewal, but instead, one of continuation.

Ann Arbor School Board changes ballot language for November tax issue.

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Education
1:28 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

EMU's ROTC Named Top Program in Michigan

Credit Randy Mascharka / Eastern Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University's ROTC has received the honor of being ranked the top college ROTC program in the state of Michigan from The College Database.

College ROTC programs were ranked based on their annual tuition rate and having two or more branches represented at the school. Eastern has ROTC programs for the Army, Navy, and Air Force.

Assistant Professor of Military Science at EMU, Captain Renn Moon, says Eastern's ROTC programs offer a lot of benefits for students who join:

Moon on EMU's ROTC

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Education
1:21 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Ypsilanti Head Start School Honors Charles Eugene Beatty

Charles Eugene Beatty, Sr.
Credit emich.edu / Eastern Michigan University

Charles Eugene Beatty is being honored by the Washtenaw County Intermediate School District for his contributions to education in Michigan. The district will renames its Head Start building  in Ypsilanti after the late educator.

Ronnie Peterson is a Washtenaw County Commissioner. He says Beatty is a historic figure and worthy of praise for his contributions to education. Beatty played a role in early childhood study programs that eventually lead to the creation of Head Start, and was inducted into the Michigan Education Hall of Fame in 1985.

audio pending:

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Health & Wellness
1:09 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

U-M Study Shows School Lunches and TV Time Linked with Childhood Obesity

A new study by the University of Michigan's Frankel Cardiovascular Center finds the two most common factors linked to obesity in middle school children are school lunch consumption and watching two or more hours of television a day.

Jean DuRussel-Weston is the Program Manager of Project Healthy Schools.  She says they found some gender-specific habits that influence body weight.
 

Boys on sports teams had reduced risks by up to 23%; girls that drank milk had a 19% reduced risk of being obese.

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Education
9:26 am
Fri August 23, 2013

More Ann Arbor Teachers Recalled

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The Ann Arbor public school district continues to recall teachers laid off in the spring, but as WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the pace has slowed to a trickle.

Andrew Cluley Reports

Education
10:03 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board Approves Participation in Washtenaw Education Options Consortium

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Andrew Cluley Reports

The Ann Arbor School Board has approved an agreement on participating in the Washtenaw Education Operations Consortium.  As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the board has some concerns, but unanimously approved the deal so that students will be able to participate in three programs this year.

Taxes
7:17 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Ann Arbor School Board To Consider Tax Measure

Credit AAPS

Voters in the Ann Arbor Public School District will likely be asked to renew a sinking fund millage in November. 

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the school board last week discussed the issue and are to vote this week on putting the question on the ballot.

Ann Arbor School Board is expected to ask district voters to renew sinking fund millage.

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Education
6:55 am
Mon August 19, 2013

YCS Board of Education To Take Action On Several Items Before Start Of School Year

WEMU file photo
Credit Bob Eccles

It may not be terribly exciting, but tonight's agenda for the Ypsilanti Community schools Board of Education includes some items important to helping the newly-formed district get the school year started on the right foot.  

WEMU's Bob Eccles provides a preview of tonight's session:

YCS Board of Education meeting preview 8/19/13

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Education
5:26 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

NASA's 'Journey to Tomorrow' Exhibit Comes to EMU for Star Party 2013

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NASA's "Journey to Tomorrow" exhibit - complete with a moon rock brought back by the Apollo 17 mission - comes to Eastern Michigan University Friday and Saturday as part of Star Party 2013. 

  

WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Peter Church, who's in charge of community relations for the event.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Find out more about Star Party 2013:

http://spaceypsi.com

Education
8:42 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Ann Arbor Schools New Superintendent Gets Five-Year Contract

The new Superintendent of the Ann Arbor Public School District will be on the job for the start of the new academic year. 

As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, the Board of Education last night approved a five-year contract for the former Colorado Springs District 11 Assistant Superintendent of Instruction.

Ann Arbor Schools new Superintendent, Jeanice Swift will be paid 200-thousand dollars in base salary for each of the five years of a contract approved by the Board of Education Wednesday evening.

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Education
8:59 am
Wed August 14, 2013

WISD Gears Up to Help Homeless Students in the New Academic Year

Shelves stocked with supplies for the WISD's Education Project for Homeless Youth.
Credit Bob Eccles

School, in and of itself, can be hard enough. How difficult must it be for children who are homeless? It's a question that more children in Washtenaw County have to answer than you might think. The Washtenaw Intermediate School District last year helped make sure more than 1,300 students classified as homeless were able to attend classes. 

As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the WISD's Education Project for Homeless Youth is now gearing up for a new academic year.

The Washtenaw Intermediate School District looks to public to help homeless children in Washtenaw County successfully attend classes this fall.

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