- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The Ann Arbor school district has passed a measure requiring that students take state assessments.

The Ann Arbor News reports (https://bit.ly/1HjEBdu ) the board members voted this week to approve the policy. The measure is to prevent students from opting out of state tests, but some parents argued it was to punish students at application-based programs.

Officials had said the district could lose funding if too many students opted out.

Also at the board’s meeting this week, plans to privatize the district’s snow removal grounds services were approved. The change will mean layoffs for 13 workers and officials say the move will save the district up to $300,000 in the coming school year.

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Information from: The Ann Arbor News, https://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor

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