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WISD Superintendent Scott Menzel on the proposed merger of the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts

A few days ago, I posted something here about the proposed merger of the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts. Well, what I’d written was apparently brought to the attention of Scott Menzel, the superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. Scott asked for an opportunity to clarify a few things concerning the proposed merger, […]

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Snyder passes the buck to local Michigan communities

Governor Rick Snyder presented his budget recommendations this afternoon to members of the Michigan legislature. As promised, there were no big tax increases for business, but lots of cuts in State programs. Among other things, the Snyder proposal includes a 4.1 percent reduction in per pupil foundation grants for K-12 schools, which comes to about […]

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More school consolidation in Ypsilanti, and its long term ramifications

Tonight, across town, there is an Ypsilanti Board of Education meeting taking place. Primarily, as I understand it, they will be discussing their new Deficit Elimination Plan, which calls for the closing of our remaining middle school, and the restructuring of our high school, which, if I’m not mistaken, has been mandated by law after […]

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Ypsi School Closings, part V

My friend Maria Cotera, as most of you readers probably know, was quite involved in the recent discussion over the closure of yet more Ypsilanti public schools. Maria, the parent of a daughter at Chapelle Elementary, not only questioned the assumptions on which the findings of the administration were based, but she, along with her […]

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The first episode of Dreamland Tonight is now available online

I’m on my way out to a meeting to discuss the second episode of Dreamland Tonight, but, before I go, I want to share this video of the first episode. I don’t know how well it translates to this format, but hopefully you’ll find something to like about it… And don’t be discouraged by the […]

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