Ann Arbor Public Schools reopened today, as buses rolled to shuttle preK, kindergarten, and special-needs students to classrooms for the first time since March, 2020. First- and second-graders are scheduled to follow on April 5 and third- through fifth-graders on April 12, with upper grades phasing in after that.
Superintendent Jeanice Swift credits teacher vaccination and in-school rapid testing with making reopening possible. But because it missed a March 22 legislative deadline for twenty hours a week of in-person instruction, AAPS could still lose out on $2.7 million in federal Covid relief funds. Chelsea Public Schools has $887,000 at risk. Saline, Dexter, and Ypsilanti schools met the last-minute deadline. MLive (subscriber exclusive). State rep Donna Lasinski calls the deadline “arbitrary and misguided” and points out that Democrats have introduced a bill to remove that requirement and release the remaining $840 million in federal aid—but it would need Republican support to pass.
U-M men’s basketball team, seeded No. 1 in the NCAA Tournament, had a rocky start, but clinched their fourth consecutive Sweet 16 appearance with an 86-78 win over LSU on Monday. The Michigan men will take on fourth-seeded Florida State in an East Regional semifinal on Sunday (March 28). Tipoff at 5 pm. mgoblue
Michigan women’s basketball made it to the Sweet 16 for the first time. Seeded No. 6, the Michigan women took down No. 3 seed Tennessee Tuesday night in San Antonio, 70-55. They now await the winner of No. 2 seed Baylor and No. 7 seed Virginia Tech in the regional semifinals. The Wolverine
Gallup Park Loop Trail between the boat launch and the canoe livery will be closed for repair from the week of April 1 through early June. Signs and barricades will be installed to divert users to an alternate path.
Jim and Marla Gousseff donate $1.8 million to six Ypsilanti organizations through the Ypsilanti Area Community Fund. The gift creates endowments for Corner Health Center, Riverside Arts Center, Salvation Army of Washtenaw County, SOS Community Services, the Ypsilanti District Library, and Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels. Concentrate
Annual rally against sexual violence will take place on April 1. Take Back the Night was fully virtual last year, but will move forward with both a virtual and in-person event on the U-M Diag. Local reproductive health, women’s rights, and sexual assault organizations will speak. Observer