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Ann Arbor Public Schools have still not determined how much they will participate in three county-wide high school options.  The school board last night postponed a vote until next week's study session on how many seats they will use in the Early College Alliance, Washtenaw International High School, and Widening Advancement for Youth.  The delay comes with Ann Arbor Schools wanting to use many fewer seats than the consortium has allocated to the district. 

Superintendent Jeanice Swift says much of the confusion has been blamed on the superintendent transition, but she believes both parties are to blame for the communications issues.  Swift recommended the district use 80 seats total in the ECA and Wi-Hi and 15 for WAY.  The allocation approved by the consortium last month would give Ann Arbor 80 new seats in the ECA  alone, and a straight lottery for Wi-Hi.

David Dugger is the Washtenaw Intermediate School District Director of Secondary Options.  Dugger says the other consortium members  in October opted to continue to use a straight lottery for Wi-Hi and a proportional system to assign slots to the ECA.


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Ann Arbor Public Schools used less fund balance last year than approved in the final budget.  The School Board last night received a briefing on the 2013 fiscal year budget audit.  The audit shows the district used $7.2 million dollars in fund balance, compared to projections of up to $9.8 million.

Superintendent Jeanice Swift says halting furniture and most equipment purchases, travel restrictions, and other measures starting in March saved about $1.5 million.   Swift says many of these restrictions are back in place following student enrollment numbers not reaching projections in September.  


The University of Michigan is condensing its human resources and financial services departments into a Shared Services Center.  

University spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald says the new center will improve efficiency and cut costs. The center is expected to save U-of-M $5 to $6 million in its first three years of operation.

It should be operating at full capacity by October of 2014.

Fitzgerald says employees currently working in the affected departments will be considered first for employment in the new center, but are not guaranteed a job.

For more information: http://ast.umich.edu/

Eastern Michigan University

This press release comes from Eastern Michigan University:

Eastern Michigan University to host Graduate Open House for prospective students on Nov. 16 Great chance to learn about graduate school programs and opportunities for advancement at Eastern

 

A new national report says only one in three children who started school in the late 1990's had the necessary cognitive skills by the third grade to go on to be successful adults.

Jane Zehnder-Merrell is the Director of the Kids Count in Michigan project. She explains that the study helps to chart the trajectory of kids' lives.

The report followed 13,000 kids who began kindergarten at the end of the 1990's. Children from lower-income families had the lowest rate of sufficient cognitive development.

Zehnder-Merrell says funding programs that support these families, such as cash assistance or food stamps, would positively affect these rates.

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The Ypsilanti Community Schools Early Childhood Advisory Committee is working on ways to improve education at the earliest levels, going as far as finding ways to give parents pre-natal help in making education choices. 

The committee presented a draft plan to the school board last night. 

Margy Long co-chairs the group.  She's also director of the Success by Six Great Start Collaborative.

Long says achievement gaps happen when every child isn't ready to learn by the time they enter kindergarten.

She says the Early Childhood Advisory Committee is trying to expand on what's been done in the area before. 

She says teachers can't do everything, so a Family Resource Center could help. 

The committee will make its formal report to the school board in early 2014.

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The University of Michigan Credit Union is hosting a couple of workshops designed to steer people towards a life of meaning rather than a life of consumption this holiday season.  

Washtenaw County Treasurer Catherine McClary is a co-sponsor of the "Tis The Season to Hang Onto Reason" workshops. She says the program provides alternative ways to celebrate the upcoming holidays, not based on consumerism. 

The workshops are taught by Kathryn Greiner, Director of Education at the U-of-M Credit Union and a renowned speaker and budget guru. 

The workshops are free of charge, but pre-registration  is required.

The first is scheduled for Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  The second is Thursday, November 7th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Both take place at the University of Michigan Credit Union. 

Eastern Michigan University has launched a new website with information about off-campus housing as part of its ongoing efforts to improve safety on and around campus. 

The website includes neighborhood crime stats and questions students should ask when apartment hunting. 

EMU Vice President of Communication Walter Kraft says it's very important that the university provide the information and resources to help students make good, wise and informed choices on where to live.

Ann Arbor Public Schools have gotten some good news about cash flow issues that likely means the district won't need to borrow money to pay salaries next month. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:
 

The Michigan Senate has restored funding to implement the Common Core educational standards. WEMU's Bob Eccles has reaction from one local school district.


Ypsilanti Community High School can thank graduates of the former Ypsilanti and Willow Run high schools for a new electronic sign.

   

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.


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The Ann Arbor School Board will likely eventually renew their contract to participate in a consortium of three county-wide high school options, but have frustrations on the agreement.  The board discussion last night took place after a large number of Washtenaw International High School and the Early College Alliance spoke in favor of their programs. 

WEMU's Andrew Cluley has more:


Eastern Michigan University's College of Business has done it again - making the Princeton Review's list of top business schools in the country for the 10th straight year. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.


The Ypsilanti Community Schools Board of Education last night approved replacing the alarm systems in several district buildings.  Superintendent Scott Menzel maintains that most of the new systems are being installed in former Willow Run school district buildings.

Bob Eccles has the full story:


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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. 

  


Head Start Services To Be Offered In Ypsilanti

Sep 17, 2013

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.  


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.

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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.

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:


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:

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

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:


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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.

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.


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