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Washtenaw County students took part in a school walkout this morning that was held across the country.  Students are demanding better gun control laws after 17 people were killed in Florida last month during a school shooting.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there when students walked out and has the story.

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Five year-old Ziare Gunn, a student at the Ford Early Learning Center in Ypsilanti, is gaining a lot of recognition for memorizing and reciting a special poem for Black History Month.  He joined 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry in studio along with his grandmother and teacher and shares the poem with WEMU listeners, saying it "makes his heart feel good."

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WEMU is happy to announce that On the Ground Ypsi will continue through 2018.  We start this week's edition with WEMU's Patrick Campion and Concentrate Media's Brianna Kelly meeting with a team of aspiring young engineers from Ypsilanti Community High School, who want to show off their skills on the national stage.

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It's said music has healing powers, and, later this month, the Ypsilanti Community Schools is having a special event intended to both entertain and improve the health of the community.  

We spoke with YCS superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson and Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney, CEO and Medical Director of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America/Michigan Chapter, about the upcoming "Jazz in the Parking Lot" event.   

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Senior citizens who live at the Cross Street Village apartments in Ypsilanti, the former site of Ypsilanti High School, are concerned they may have to leave their homes.  A regulatory rent control agreement that has provided affordable housing for them is expected to expire on August 31st.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has been following this story and brings us this special feature.  

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As schools and the education system continue to evolve, what’s being taught in the classroom has come a long way from just reading, writing and arithmetic.

We visited a local high school where students can make use of “The Learning Studio,” where an Ypsilanti photographer is combining community experience with public education, creating new opportunities for students.

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The Ypsilanti Community Schools will keep its superintendent.  The district chief says he has changed his mind about potentially leaving the district and has "no regrets" about the decision to stay put.  

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Voters in both the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti school districts overwhelmingly approved the school related issues on the ballot Tuesday.  

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One of the issues on the ballot early next month in Washtenaw County will be a proposal to renew and restore the Non-Homestead Operating Millage for Ypsilanti Community Schools.

Lisa Barry reports, with the future of the city hinging on the success of its schools, opposition to the ballot proposal is difficult to find.

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Frederick Douglass is one of the most iconic figures in American history, and, during the height of his career, he visited Ypsilanti to give three separate speeches.   We take a look back at his time in Washtenaw County, learn why he was here, and explore where he spoke.

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With the first half of the academic school year behind us and most classes on hold until the New Year, we take a look at what's happening in one local school district.

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The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office will host its "Shop with a Cop" program once again this holiday season.

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The amount of waste generated in schools per academic year can be staggering.  Fortunately, schools in Washtenaw County seek to change that.  This week, we talk with Randy Trent, director of operations for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, about introducing recycling programs in local schools.

Lisa Barry

Classes begin next Tuesday, September 6th in the Ann Arbor Public School District.

There are more than 17,000 students in the district making it the sixth largest district in the state.

I spoke with Dr. Jeanice Swift, who, this year, begins her fourth year as Ann Arbor's public school superintendent.

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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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A vacant Ypsilanti Community Schools building will serve as temporary home for more than 400 displaced students from Allen Elementary in the Ann Arbor School District. 

Lisa Barry

School is out for most of Michigan, but many local school officials are still hard at work determining what's next for their district.

For some, that means looking for ways to improve the bottom line.

I spoke with Ypsilanti Community Schools' Superintendent Dr. Benjamin Edmondson about how his district is looking after his first year on the job.

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The Ypsilanti community will gather this afternoon to remember a 14 year-old middle school student who died recently on school property.

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Ypsilanti Community Schools' Grizzly Robotics team will compete in a national  contest this week. 

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Ypsilanti Community Schools has decided to move forward with getting more information on the possibility of demolishing vacant school buildings.  

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The principal of Ypsilanti Community High School Tanya Bowman has been placed on administrative leave.

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The Ypsilanti Community Schools board of education will meet tonight

Lisa Barry

Ypsilanti Community Schools face some tough issues right now.  Doctor Benjamin Edmondson says there's a lot of work to be done but he is determined that high expectations are met not only in the schools but in the community.


Ypsilanti Community Schools is in the early planning stages to open an international elementary school in the district.



The Secretary of State’s mobile office will be issuing children’s ID cards to Ypsilanti parents at no cost tomorrow.