Homeless students in the Washtenaw Intermediate School District will have something to smile about this Christmas thanks to a generous donation from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research's ISR Feeds group.
The group dropped off about 150 gift bags Friday.
WISD Communication Specialist Emma Jackson says this is the fifth year the ISR has helped out.
The donation will benefit kids in the Education Project for Homeless Youth, a non-profit organization that provides supprot to students who are homeless.
Ann Arbor Public Schools will continue to participate in three county-wide, alternative programs for high school students. The Board of Education Thursday night voted to maintain it's relationship with the consortium that includes the Early College Alliance (ECA), Washtenaw International High School (WI-High) and Widening Achievement for Youth (WAY) program. The resolution calls on Superintendent Jeanice Swift to target no more than 10 spots in the WAY program, 35 new slots in the E-C-A, and 40 new slots for Wi-High. District officials had called into question whether Ann Arbor should continue in the consortium, citing a lack of transparency and communication with Washtenaw Intermediate School District officials that op[erate the program. WISD Superintendent Scott Menzel apologized for communication issues and says they will do better in the future. Ann Arbor school board members also accepted some of the blame in the communication break-down and for missing consortium meetings. For a full report, listen below.
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.
The program that offers students from low-income families the chance to enjoy a free or reduced cost lunch has not been affected by the partial federal government shutdown - yet. WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.
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 is preparing for the new school year by collecting clothing and school supplies for homeless students. WEMU's Bob Eccles tells us more about the WISD's Education Project for Homeless Youth.
The unified, Ypsilanti-Willow Run school board continues the march towards the July 1st, official launch of the district merger. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the board on Thursday night took care of some contract business.