Statewide teacher evaluations move forward in state Legislature
Legislation that would create a statewide teacher evaluation system has cleared its first hurdle in the Michigan Legislature. A state House panel approved the bills Tuesday with bipartisan support.
A diverse coalition of Michigan education groups recently came out in support of the legislation. Supporters say that could help clear the way for the Legislature to approve the bills before lawmakers leave Lansing in June for two months.
Through June 2nd parents from across Washtenaw County can again apply for schools of choice seats in Ann Arbor Public Schools. The district has gained about 600 students for next school year, but still hasn't filled all of the 750 choice slots initially offered.
Asparagus will be the starring vegetable as Ann Arbor's Farmers Market Wednesday sales resume. You can also expect to find meat, bread, and greens to eat, and a variety of plant starts to put in your garden.
Ann Arbor plans to consider efforts to control the city's deer population that could include killing some of the animals or sterilization. The Ann Arbor News reports City Council voted Monday night to direct the city administrator to evaluate Ann Arbor's options and report back by the end of July.
Michigan is expected to certify a second referendum on hunting wolves for the November statewide ballot. The secretary of state's office estimates the group Keep Michigan Wolves Protected collected more than 182,000 valid signatures of registered voters. That's about 21,000 more than needed.
Heroin use is rampant in Washtenaw County. The Ann Arbor Library has become a destination site for users. Overdoses are more frequent, and some of our young people are dying. A public meeting in Saline tonight aims to rally volunteers and provide information on the local war on heroin abuse.
Convicted felons applying for a job with the City of Ann Arbor will have a little less to worry about. Ann Arbor City Council Monday night considers a resolution eliminating the Felony check-off box from municipal job applications.
Northeast Ann Arbor residents have raised concerns about the deer population for some time, but council member Jane Lumm says the issue seems to have really spiked in the last couple of years. City Council Monday night will consider a resolution to have the city partner with a variety of other organizations to develop a deer management plan.