ypsilanti http://michiganradio.org en New book celebrates diversity, food and culture http://michiganradio.org/post/new-book-celebrates-diversity-food-and-culture <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Most kids in the state are on summer break. And, while the year wrapped up with final tests, and end of year activities, one group of students celebrated the end of their school by becoming published authors.</p><p><a href="http://www.826michigan.org/">826 Michigan</a> is a nonprofit organization that supports students in developing their writing skills and helps teachers inspire students to write. This year the students worked with English Language Learner students and teachers at Ypsilanti Community High School.</p><p>This book is called <em>Enjoy! – Recipes for Building Community. </em>It includes essays, letters and recipes from the students and from chefs and other members of the local food community.</p><p>Joining us today were Liz Sirman, an ELL teacher at Ypsilanti Community High School, Lucy Centeno, one of the student writers from Ypsilanti Community High School, Ari Weinzweig, co-owner and founding partner of Zingerman’s.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 19:41:07 +0000 Jennifer White 18093 at http://michiganradio.org New book celebrates diversity, food and culture Student learns that music is joy, from Ypsilanti teacher http://michiganradio.org/post/student-learns-music-joy-ypsilanti-teacher <p>What stories should we tell about the arts?</p><p>That's a question we sometimes ask on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/michiganradio">Facebook page</a>. Jason Towler suggested we profile Ypsilanti music teacher Crystal Harding and he had a good reason to suggest her.</p><p>Harding was Towler's music teacher back in 1988, when Towler was a first-grader at Erickson Elementary School.&nbsp; Harding is all about having a good time through music, singing, and dancing. Here she is in action:</p><p>Harding made a big impression on the shy young man, and that's what this story is about.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 17:12:46 +0000 Kyle Norris 17526 at http://michiganradio.org Student learns that music is joy, from Ypsilanti teacher Native American organization struggling but hopeful http://michiganradio.org/post/native-american-organization-struggling-hopeful <p>A new organization in Ypsilanti that promotes cancer awareness for Native Americans is struggling to stay afloat.<br /><br />Shoshana Beth Phillips is executive director of <a href="http://heritageofhealing.org/">Heritage of Healing.</a> It incorporates native traditions and activities into its services, and supports families with a parent dealing with cancer. (Phillips is originally from the Omaha Nation of Nebraska and <a href="http://uofmhealthblogs.org/cancer/one-native-american-gives-back/6153/">was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer</a> seven years ago.)&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 18:17:23 +0000 Kyle Norris 15808 at http://michiganradio.org Native American organization struggling but hopeful Ypsilanti family finds happiness in living off the land http://michiganradio.org/post/ypsilanti-family-finds-happiness-living-land <p>Meet the Gold family. They're modern day homesteaders.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Their goal is to live as self-sufficiently as possible on their three-acre farm in </span>Ypsilanti<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. (They often say they use yesterday's knowledge combined with today's technology.)</span></p><p>Two years ago they started the <a href="http://www.mifolkschool.com/">Michigan Folk School. </a>The school promotes traditional folk arts and the preservation of forest and farmland.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:06:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 15758 at http://michiganradio.org Ypsilanti family finds happiness in living off the land If Ypsilanti Township changed its name, they would lose ties to these cultural references http://michiganradio.org/post/if-ypsilanti-township-changed-its-name-they-would-lose-ties-these-cultural-references <p>Some people in Ypsilanti Township want a name change. They believe the name &quot;Ford Lake Township&quot; would provide &quot;a stronger identity that would<a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2013/10/ypsilanti_township_residents_b.html"> help improve economic growth</a>.&quot;</p><p>Tom Perkins for <em>The Ann Arbor News</em> reported that the idea grew out of discussions between residents Mary Gooden, Kaffa&nbsp;Hayes, Amy Boyd and Samantha Towler:</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 15:15:24 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14702 at http://michiganradio.org If Ypsilanti Township changed its name, they would lose ties to these cultural references First public debt is issued in Michigan since Detroit bankruptcy http://michiganradio.org/post/first-public-debt-issued-michigan-detroit-bankruptcy <p>People are willing to loan money to Michigan public entities again: t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">hat's according to Brian O'Connor, the finance editor at the </span><em><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130815/METRO06/308150042#ixzz2c4Ulyj00" style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit News</a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>O'Connor writes that when Ypsilanti Community Schools and the state sold bonds yesterday, it marked the "first time since Detroit filed for bankruptcy" that public debt was issued in Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 20:42:27 +0000 Mark Brush 14015 at http://michiganradio.org First public debt is issued in Michigan since Detroit bankruptcy Kalamazoo Promise 2.0? Ypsilanti embarks on districtwide scholarship program http://michiganradio.org/post/kalamazoo-promise-20-ypsilanti-embarks-districtwide-scholarship-program-3 <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Ypsilanti’s school district is pushing for a <a href="http://annarbor.com/news/ypsilanti/ypsilanti-community-schools-to-pursue-college-scholarship-program-similar-to-kalamazoo-promise/">districtwide scholarship program</a> that will provide tuition funds to its graduates.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">On Monday, Ypsilanti Community Schools officially opened its doors. YCS is the product of school consolidation in Washtenaw County. Earlier this year, <a href="http://www.annarbor.com/news/ypsilanti/ypsilanti-willow-run-consolidation-election-2012-results-voters-decide-fate/">voters approved</a> the combination of the financially troubled Ypsilanti Public School district and Willow Run Community Schools.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">With a <a href="http://www.annarbor.com/news/ypsilanti/ypsilanti-community-schools-reveals-new-mascot-logo/">new mascot selected</a> and a logo finalized, the merged district is beginning to rebrand its image.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">School supporters hope a new scholarship program that would provide funding for community college tuition for all qualifying students will be a big part of that new image.</span> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:46:06 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13234 at http://michiganradio.org Kalamazoo Promise 2.0? Ypsilanti embarks on districtwide scholarship program Schools that can’t follow deficit elimination plans could be dissolved under new bill http://michiganradio.org/post/schools-can-t-follow-deficit-elimination-plans-could-be-dissolved-under-new-bill <p>State lawmakers are working on legislation they hope will prevent another crisis like the one in the Buena Vista school district. Students there sat at home while school was closed for two weeks last month because the district couldn’t afford to pay its teachers. Buena Vista is not alone; <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/15-michigan-schools-running-biggest-deficits">a number of districts have had problems </a>keeping their doors open because of financial problems this year.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 21:39:44 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12908 at http://michiganradio.org Schools that can’t follow deficit elimination plans could be dissolved under new bill New unified school district superintendent in Ypsilanti speaks http://michiganradio.org/post/new-unified-school-district-superintendent-ypsilanti-speaks <p>The litany of school districts in serious money trouble <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/15-michigan-schools-running-biggest-deficits?nopop=1">is long and growing longer</a>: Buena Vista, Benton Harbor, Detroit, Pontiac, Albion.</p><p>Now we hear that Hazel Park schools are broke, according to the Superintendent, who blames an "unexpected drop" in student enrollment.</p><p>Close to fifty public school districts across our state are facing deep deficits. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/buena-vista-school-district">Buena Vista actually closed</a> down for two weeks while scrambling to find enough money to keep things running.</p><p>Other districts have implemented layoffs and program cuts.</p><p>Desperate times call for desperate measures. And some say Michigan has too many school districts, and that consolidating some of these districts is a prudent choice.</p><p>Last year, the state encouraged Ypsilanti and nearby Willow Run schools to consolidate.</p><p>After tough decisions regarding layoffs, staff restructuring and closing buildings, the consolidation will happen July 1.</p><p>Scott Menzel is the superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediate School District and, come July 1, he will be the superintendent of the new unified district: Ypsilanti Community Schools.</p><p>He joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Tue, 21 May 2013 20:44:35 +0000 Stateside Staff 12669 at http://michiganradio.org New unified school district superintendent in Ypsilanti speaks Ypsilanti's Matt Jones finds salvation in his music http://michiganradio.org/post/ypsilantis-matt-jones-finds-salvation-his-music <p>His name is Matt Jones. He's 35 and he's based in Ypsilanti. He's been writing songs and performing around Michigan for the past 15 years. He has growing audience of fans and has received more critical acclaim.</p><p>And his story is one of overcoming personal demons and finding salvation in the thing he loves best: making music.<br><br>Matt joined us in the studio today to talk about his music.</p><p></p><p><em>Click the link above to hear Cyndy's conversation with Matt.</em></p><p>Matt also performed for our "Songs from Studio East" series. You can check out that performance here:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgzIQ77wkbc</p><p>You can check out more of Matt's music here: <a href="http://mattjones.bandcamp.com/" target="_blank">http://mattjones.bandcamp.com/</a> Mon, 06 May 2013 19:20:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 12430 at http://michiganradio.org Ypsilanti's Matt Jones finds salvation in his music US education secretary, governor to visit 3 Michigan schools http://michiganradio.org/post/us-education-secretary-governor-visit-3-michigan-schools <p>DETROIT (AP) - President Obama's education secretary will be in Detroit on Monday for a town hall meeting on education issues and visits to three area schools.<br><br>The Detroit Public Schools and Gov. Rick Snyder's office say Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Snyder will visit a fifth-grade class at Thirkell Elementary School.<br><br>The school has about 490 students from preschool to eighth grade. It's about 31/2 northwest of downtown Detroit.<br> Sun, 05 May 2013 20:39:33 +0000 The Associated Press 12418 at http://michiganradio.org US education secretary, governor to visit 3 Michigan schools Additional Staff Cuts for Ypsilanti Schools http://michiganradio.org/post/additional-staff-cuts-ypsilanti-schools <p>Ypsilanti’s Public Schools continue to battle red ink before consolidating with Willow Run Community Schools this summer.</p><p>Dedrick Martin is Superintendent of Ypsilanti schools and says his job may even go away as part of the consolidation process this summer.&nbsp; Tue, 08 Jan 2013 20:50:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10676 at http://michiganradio.org Additional Staff Cuts for Ypsilanti Schools Fire at apartments in Ypsilanti leaves 12 families homeless http://michiganradio.org/post/fire-apartments-ypsilanti-leaves-12-families-homeless <p>YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A fire has heavily damaged a building at a Washtenaw County apartment complex, displacing 12 families.<br><br>The fire broke out Monday afternoon at the Schooner Cove apartment complex in Ypsilanti Township, east of Ann Arbor.<br><br>Township Fire Chief Eric Copeland tells AnnArbor.com that the fire started in a second- or third-floor apartment at the front of the building.<br><br>Copeland says the cause of the fire isn't yet known.<br> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 02:54:42 +0000 The Associated Press 10658 at http://michiganradio.org How a Nobel Prize-winning economist became an advocate for preschool http://michiganradio.org/post/how-nobel-prize-winning-economist-became-advocate-preschool <p>There's a <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/making-case-early-childhood-education">growing consensus</a> that more needs to be done to prepare children for kindergarten.&nbsp;</p><p>But does preschool really have a significant impact on the lives of children?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org">State of Opportunity</a>'s <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/people/dustin-dwyer">Dustin Dwyer</a> recently sat down with economist <a href="http://heckman.uchicago.edu/">James Heckman</a>&nbsp;to find out.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10092 at http://michiganradio.org How a Nobel Prize-winning economist became an advocate for preschool Board being named for Ypsilanti-Willow Run schools http://michiganradio.org/post/board-being-named-ypsilanti-willow-run-schools <p>A school board will be appointed Monday for the merging Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts.</p> Sun, 18 Nov 2012 20:55:26 +0000 Kyle Norris 9970 at http://michiganradio.org Ypsilanti Voters May Have Absentee Ballots But No Instructions http://michiganradio.org/post/ypsilanti-voters-may-have-absentee-ballots-no-instructions <p>As many as 650 voters in Ypsilanti may have received absentee ballots in the mail without any instructions.</p><p>Francis McMullen, the Ypsilanti City Clerk, says only two voters have contacted her office so far, but she wants all voters to have what they need.&nbsp; So her team is mailing instructions to everyone who received an absentee ballot.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 20:53:33 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9506 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, September 20, 2012 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-september-20-2012 <p>On today's show we talk with Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton updates on CAW negotiations. We talk with University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman about her upcoming trip to Brazil. We get an update on Michigan wines and the Detroit Film Festival. We talk with Rick Devos about ArtPrize. We visit Ypsilanti and tour "Pianos around Town.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:04:21 +0000 Mark Brush 9175 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, September 20, 2012 Stateside: Pianos 'Round Town in Ypsilanti http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-pianos-round-town-ypsilanti <p>"Basically, it's just free and fun."</p><p>That's the motto of Pianos 'Round Town, an event beginning today through Oct. 9th in Ypsilanti.&nbsp; Pianos are set outside in the open for the public to enjoy. Anyone at anytime can sit down and play.</p><p>Korin Hancherlian-Amos, the founder of Pianos 'Round Town, got the idea from British artist Luke Jerram. Jerram&nbsp;began the project, <a href="http://www.streetpianos.com/">Play Me I'm Yours</a>, in 2008 in London, which has since grown to cities all around the world.&nbsp;</p><p>In 2010, Hancherlian-Amos&nbsp;called her long-time friend, Tim Hoy, owner of Steinway Piano Gallery in Detroit. Hoy agreed to lend the pianos for the event, making Pianos 'Round Town possible.&nbsp; Thu, 20 Sep 2012 17:37:51 +0000 Stateside Staff 9165 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: Pianos 'Round Town in Ypsilanti Ypsilanti and Willow Run schools to ask voters, "should we merge?" http://michiganradio.org/post/ypsilanti-and-willow-run-schools-ask-voters-should-we-merge <p align="LEFT">Two struggling Michigan school districts will ask voters in November if they should merge.</p><p align="LEFT">Ypsilanti Public Schools has about 3,600 students; Willow Run Public Schools has about 1,600.</p><p align="LEFT">Both districts have serious financial problems, along with&nbsp;poor student test scores and low graduation rates.</p><p align="LEFT">Both districts&#39; high schools failed to meet adequate yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind law last year.<span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:02:27 +0000 Tracy Samilton 8629 at http://michiganradio.org Ypsilanti and Willow Run schools to ask voters, "should we merge?" Ypsilanti schools could be headed for state takeover http://michiganradio.org/post/ypsilanti-schools-could-be-headed-state-takeover <p>Superintendent Dedric Martin says the school system could need an emergency manager, unless staff agree to deeper cuts.&nbsp;</p><p>Martin acknowledges staff already took a 10 percent salary cut.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;That comes on the heels of additional concessions that they&#39;ve made. And we&#39;ve had reductions at all levels. Unfortunately it&#39;s not enough to carry a balanced budget and pay back money that has already been borrowed and spent,&quot; he said.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:15:02 +0000 Kate Wells 8419 at http://michiganradio.org Ypsilanti schools could be headed for state takeover