Tag Archives: public school challenges

Is there an opportunity for the community to take control of the impending consolidation of Ypsi and Willow Run public schools, and push for a visionary curriculum?

If you’re a regular reader of this site, you know that my friend Maria Cotera has, over the past few years, been sharing reports with us on the status of Ypsilanti’s public schools. From the closing of Chapelle elementary to the the adoption of the recent deficit elimination plan, she’s established herself, at least in […]

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Protecting Ypsilanti’s community-owned assets from the Emergency Financial Manger… Have we done everything that we can to prepare?

A little while ago, in an exchange with Jill Morey, the director of the Ypsilanti District Library, the subject came up of what would likely happen to the downtown library building, should an Emergency Financial Manager be appointed to takeover the City of Ypsilanti, and charged with liquidating our communal assets. Thankfully, we were told […]

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Ypsi immigration interview: Valerie Bieberich

I’m thinking that, from now on, I should draw new Ypsi residents, in addition to interviewing them. I think it would be particularly interesting in those cases when I’ve never met the individual face-to-face. (I think it would make my email interviews a lot more interesting, if, in addition to asking questions about why folks […]

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Special Report on the closing of Detroit’s Catherine Ferguson Academy

Several weeks ago, we had a really good discussion here on the site about the proposed closing of the Catherine Ferguson Academy for pregnant and parenting teens in Detroit. One of those most engaged in the conversation was my old friend Pete, who is presently a PhD candidate in the Department of Epidemiology, at the […]

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Mittenfest V is right around the corner

Over New Year’s weekend, Ypsilanti will, as it’s done for the past four years, play host to the incredible Michigan music festival known as Mittenfest. Following is a short interview I conducted online with organizers Brandon Zwagerman, Jeremy Peters and Amy Sumerton on what they’ve got in store for us this year, and how the […]

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