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Linda Carter

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As a music teacher in the Ann Arbor public school district for 43 years, Linda Carter experienced many “Wonder Woman” jokes and comparisons sharing the same name as the woman who played the TV character with special powers.  She even learned they share the same birthday and hopes to meet her some day. 

Carter was also president of the Ann Arbor teachers' union, the Ann Arbor Education Association. for 30 years. She says both positions took a lot of the same skills set to manage and maintain, and mixed well.

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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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The union for Ann Arbor public school teachers has ended a ban on working with Eastern Michigan University student teachers.

Whitmore Lake Public Schools
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Ann Arbor and Whitmore Lake voters will consider the annexation plan in less than three weeks.  The plan was the focus of much of today's Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber's IMPACT 2014 event. Area business leaders heard plenty of questions about the proposal.

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This week Ann Arbor Public Schools fired two teachers and one assistant principal because they failed to renew their certifications.  The head of Ann Arbor's teachers union says the certification requirements are fair and reasonable.

Michigan Teachers and Allies for Change

With most schools opening next week a group of parents, teachers, and other supporters of public education are holding a rally Thursday night in Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza.  The rally is designed to focus on the positives public schools bring to communities and the need for additional funding.

Ann Arbor Public Schools
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Ann Arbor teachers are voting on an agreement that will freeze wages for next school year.  The deal was reached after the district announced they would cancel the entire teachers contract  if necessary to hold salaries flat.  

Ann Arbor Public Schools
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Ann Arbor teachers still hope to find solutions to the district's budget that won't leave last year's wage concession in place.  The district has set a deadline of next Monday to have an agreement in place or the entire contract will be terminated at the end of the month.