Ann Arbor Public Schools

Ann Arbor Public Schools

COVID-19 will continue to be a main topic of discussion at Wednesday's Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education meeting.  

AAPS Board Discussing Next Steps In Wake Of COVID-19

May 13, 2020
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The Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education will meet tonight to discuss the next steps the district will take regarding COVID-19.  

Ann Arbor Schools Meeting Rise In Demand For Food

Apr 13, 2020
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The demand for food assistance at Ann Arbor Public Schools continues to grow during the coronavirus pandemic.  

Jeanice Swift
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The coronavirus crisis had forced school districts across Michigan to close down all K-12 school buildings for the rest of the academic year.  But, learning will go on for students.  Ann Arbor Public Schools superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift joined  WEMU's David Fair to discuss distance learning, academic equity, the achievement gap, and the heartbreak high school seniors are experiencing.  

Ebba Gurney

With Governor Gretchen Whitmer's announcement that there will be no more in-school class sessions and most scheduled events won't be taking place, one Ann Arbor high school senior, Loey Jones-Perpich, says she didn't get to celebrate the last day of school but didn't get to be sad about it either.  She talks to WEMU's Lisa Barry about missing out on this rite of passage due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

Jeanice Swift
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Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) was among several school districts to close their doors at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan.  AAPS superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift spoke with WEMU's David Fair about adapting to unprecedented circumstances. 

Ann Arbor Education Association

The Ann Arbor Education Association says they may have to extend a memorandum of agreement with Ann Arbor Public Schools if the district extends remote instruction with students because of the coronavirus pandemic.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan has the story.

Ann Arbor Public Schools
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With coronavirus shutting down schools, there are many worried about the children that rely on the free meals provided them during the school day.  As 89.1 WEMU’s David Fair reports, Ann Arbor Public Schools is working to alleviate those concerns.

Jeanice Swift
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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that all public and private schools in Michigan will be shut down until early April.  Yet, some districts, including Ann Arbor Public Schools, had already made the decision.  The Ann Arbor Public Schools' superintendent, Dr. Jeanice Swift, explains the district's plan during the shutdown in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair.

Ann Arbor Public Schools

The Ann Arbor Public School District is closing for the rest of March to help prevent the potential spread of the Coronavirus.

Missy Stults
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Last year, the City of Ann Arbor declared a "climate emergency."  Now, the city aims to be carbon neutral by the year 2030.  Missy Stults, City of Ann Arbor's Sustainability and Innovations Manager, provides further details on the plan with WEMU's David Fair in this week's "Issues of the Environment."

University of Michigan
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Not long after enrolling her son in kindergarten, U-M medical anthropologist Abby Dumes took notice of the lead levels in the drinking water used in the Ann Arbor school district.  From there, Dumes started working with school officials to reduce lead contamination not only in the Ann Arbor district, but for school districts all over Michigan.  Dr. Dumes talks about her work with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak in this month's "1st Friday Focus on the Environment."

Peter Collins
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Are you someone who claims to do the Sunday crossword puzzle in ink?  That’s impressive, but how about constructing it in the first place?  Meet Peter Collins, a crossword constructor who has had more than 200 crosswords published – 100 in the New York Times.  He joins David Fair and Deb Polich to talk about the creative art of puzzle making on this week’s edition of "creative:impact."

Jeanice Swift
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) placed a $1 billion bond proposal on this year's ballot, which would be used to improve infrastructure over a course of 30 years.  The proposal passed with a little over 53-percent voter support.  AAPS superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the district's immediate and future plans.

Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Ann Arbor Public Schools' billion dollar bond proposal is getting mixed reactions from local voters.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan spoke with voters and has their thoughts on the issue. 

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Ann Arbor voters will soon decide whether or not to approve a $1 billion millage that would go towards upgrading the infrastructure of the Ann Arbor public school district.  As part of that coverage, WEMU's Patrick Campion presents a retrospective on the impact of Proposal A, which was designed to improve financing for Michigan's schools.

Ann Arbor Public Schools
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Voters in the Ann Arbor public school district will  decide a one-billion dollar bond proposal on the November 5th ballot.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with district school superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift about plans for the money and the financial impact on residents, if approved. 

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There is an election taking place November 5th, and voters in many Washtenaw County communities will be voting on a variety of issues.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Geoff Smereck, Director of Voter Services for the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area, about what voters will see on their local ballots and reminds them of new rules and policies impacting voters that are now in place.

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Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

In the second half of WEMU's Lisa Barry's interview with news director David Fair and jazz and blues host Michael Jewett, the conversation picks up as they look back at their lengthy on-air careers at WEMU.

Nancy Shore
Ann Arbor Public Schools /

The school year is right around the corner for Washtenaw County K-12 students.  Unfortunately, all too many will head to class without the supplies that better prepare them for academic success.  That’s the purpose of the “Stuff the Bus” campaign that begins today.  89.1 WEMU’s David Fair gets the history and mission of the “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive in this “Washtenaw United” conversation with the Ann Arbor Schools' Nancy Shore and United Way of Washtenaw County’s Susan Smith

R.J. Fox
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Ann Arbor resident R.J. Fox has always had a passion for writing.  He is a published author and two of his books are now being made into films!  Additionally, Fox teaches film and English classes in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.  Fox walks you through his written-word journey with WEMU's David Fair and the President and CEO of The Arts Alliance, Deb Polich, in this week's "creative:impact."  

Jeanice Swift
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

With continuing growth in student enrollment, 2018 was a good year for the Ann Arbor public school district

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry spoke with superintendent Dr. Jeanice Swift about the first half of the school year and what they're looking forward to moving into 2019.

 Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education:

Only two incumbents will return to the Ann Arbor School Board. Susan Baskett and Jessica Kelly both won re-election.    

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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."

Lisa Barry

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.

Ann Arbor Public Schools

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.

School Walkout
Wikipedia Media Commons /

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. 


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."