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Meet The Ann Arbor School Board Candidate: Patricia Ashford Manley

Patricia Ashford Manley

Four of the seven seats on the Ann Arbor School Board will be decided by the results of next week's election.  Nine candidates are actively campaigning for the positions and I interviewed them all.  Patricia Ashford Manley is the focus of today's final report.

Manley spent over 40 years working for the district, retiring in 2011, after serving the last decade as Thurston Elementary School Principal. She hopes to serve on the board as a voice of an educator that lived through the impacts of outsourcing and budget cutbacks in Ann Arbor schools. Part of this effort includes seeking input from teachers and building administrators to help boost staff morale.

Manley also wants more done to address the student achievement gap, partly through returning valuable resources to schools. "We had social workers, and psychologists, and reading specialists almost everyday, but with the cutbacks that has changed, and this is at the elementary level, to now you may have it once or twice a week.  That's not enough," Manley says.

Manley opposes the annexation ofWhitmoreLake Public Schools because she's not convinced Ann Arbor schools will benefit.

Like 89.1 WEMU on Facebook and follow us on Twitter— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.      

Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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