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It won't be long before students of all ages start a new school year, but there's still a few things to do in the world of civic engagement.  WEMU's David Fair and the CivCity Initiative's Mary Morgan will talk about back-to-school preparations in the Ann Arbor area, as well as developments in Ann Arbor city business, in this week's "Civic Matters."


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Schools in Michigan can ban guns on their property, following a ruling from the state Supreme Court.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke to Ann Arbor Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift to get her reaction to the ruling.


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Residents in the Ann Arbor Public School district are being asked to vote on a new operating millage Tuesday, May 8th.


A democratic candidate for governor in Michigan is speaking to the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti chamber luncheon tomorrow.

Gretchen Whitmer, the first major candidate to file to run for the position, is sharing her vision for the state should she be elected to replace Rick Snyder.


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The deadline to get on the August primary ballot has passed, which the election season is really going to pick up steam.  In this week's "Civic Matters," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to CivCity Initiative executive director Mary Morgan about the latest events in local government, including more talks on the Ann Arbor YMCA Lot and a screening of a new, politically-charged documentary.


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Thousands of students across the country will walk out of school today, which marks the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting.  Students in Washtenaw County will participate. 


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For more than two decades, Rick Pluta has been covering Michigan politics in Lansing as chief correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network.  He has his finger on the pulse of what is happening at levels of state government.  Now, he'll regularly share his expertise with you in 89.1 WEMU's new feature, 'The State of Politics." 


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The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday afternoon in two separates cases involving guns in schools.  One of those cases involves the Ann Arbor public school district.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Ann Arbor school superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift about the district's stance on guns in school.


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The debate over firearms and school safety found its way Wednesday to the Michigan Supreme Court


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A local election is just weeks away now, so it's time to be informed.  In this week's "Civic Matters," WEMU's Patrick Campion talks to CivCity Initiative executive director Mary Morgan about the latest developments in local government, including the latest news about the upcoming races in and around Ann Arbor.


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The Washtenaw Youth Initiative hosted a town hall on Saturday in Ann Arbor to talk about gun violence. 
 


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For more than two decades, Rick Pluta has been covering Michigan politics in Lansing as chief correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network.  He has his finger on the pulse of what is happening at levels of state government.  Now, he'll regularly share his expertise with you in 89.1 WEMU's new feature, 'The State of Politics." 


Lisa Barry

Ann Arbor school superintendant Dr. Jeanice Swift was one of three finalists for a similar job in the Seattle Public School District.  She learned April 4th that she did not get the job and says she is now looking ahead at the next chapter in her position with the Ann Arbor public school district.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry spoke with Dr. Swift about the decision and her vision moving forward in Ann Arbor Public Schools...


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Ann Arbor Public Schools students hosted a town hall Thursday evening to continue the discussion on the need for better gun control laws in the country.  Over 50 people attended the peaceful town hall.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.


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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.


The Ann Arbor Public Schools will be among those putting forth a ballot question in May.  The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority will put a question before voters in August.  There are ways to get involved beyond voting.  Those are a few of the issues WEMU's David Fair and CivCity Initiative executive director Mary Morgan cover in this weeks edition of Civic Matters.


Every Monday morning, the executive director of the CivCity Initiative joins WEMU's David Fair for a conversation on topics pertinent to Washtenaw County and the city of Ann Arbor.  Mary Morgan will provide news, analysis, commentary and explain the various ways residents can become more engaged.


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Classes may be over, but negotiations are continuing for the next Ann Arbor public school teachers' contract.


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Schools in Ann Arbor may soon be able to raise chickens as part of their curriculum. 
 


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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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Voters in the Ann Arbor school district will go to the polls tomorrow to decide a tax issue.  The district is asking approval of a measure to replace, extend and increase an existing sinking fund millage.  As 89.1 WEMU’s Jorge Avellan reports, district officials have been holding community informational sessions to try and win support.


Allen Elementary School
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It was like the first day of school for 400 Ann Arbor Public Schools students Wednesday morning.  


Allen Elementary School
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With just two months before the end of the school year, Allen Elementary in Ann Arbor will finally open its doors on April 12th.


Jeanice Swift
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Ann Arbor public school officials want to make sure everyone associated with the district feels safe and secure in light of recent national and local developments affecting people of different nationalities and genders.


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The Ann Arbor Public School District is taking additional steps to address parent and student concerns about immigration.

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