LIVE BLOG — AAEA Teacher Evaluation Press Conference: 01/27/16

Ann Arbor Education Association (AAEA) Information Meeting (January 27, 2016): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd.

AAEA members are in conflict with the district’s administration over the new teacher evaluation system that was rolled out in early November 2015. The AAEA, led by Linda Carter, is hosting a press conference at Forsythe before tonight’s board meeting.

Due to technological difficulties, AnnArbivore is unable to live blog the press conference. I will be taking notes and will report out later.

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AAPS Students Making Gains on ACT; Board OKs Mitchell Expansion

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education regular meeting (January 27, 2016): Forsythe Middle School, 1655 Newport Rd.

During tonight’s meeting, beginning at 7:00 PM, the board will hear an informational report on districtwide ACT results.  They will also be given first briefing reports that include the Mitchell expansion project, an Internet service expansion, and a technology firewall purchase.

Additionally, the board will be presented with a special briefing on the district liability insurance bid. Despite receiving two insurance proposals with lower premiums, the recommendation will be for the district to continue with Daly Merritt for a total cost of $771,024. The general fund budget will cover the costs of the insurance premiums.

Voting tonight will be on the liability insurance bid recommendation and on the adoption of the revised Policy 1300, which focuses on participation at board meetings.

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Board Unclear About Huron IB; Considers Expanding Mitchell Campus

Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education study session (January 20, 2016): W. Scott Westerman Preschool and Family Center

Tonight’s study session focuses on 2016-17 program enhancements.

Study sessions allow the trustees to explore a topic more in depth than is usually allowed for at a regular meeting. There will be no voting at tonight’s meeting.

5:49 PM The meeting has yet to be called to order. Technical difficulties have been cited.

5:50 PM President Deb Mexicotte calls the meeting to order. All trustees are present.

PUBLIC COMMENTARY: NONE

INFORMATION ITEM: 2016-17 Program Enhancements

5:51 PM To the “average parent or teacher,” Swift says, this planning work may seem a bit early. Five areas they will be discussing:

  • Early Childhood (including preschool and Young 5s)
  • STEAM, Project Lead the Way
  • World Language Enhancements
  • Focus on Middle School Enhancements
  • International Baccalaureate

Will end with some proposed changes to Mitchell Elem campus due to experienced demand.

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