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Washtenaw education news roundup, from Ironworkers training at WCC to the death of a U-M student

Here are a few of the top stories about educational issues in Washtenaw County, as reported by area media:

Building trades bringing multiple training programs to Washtenaw County this summer

AnnArbor.com reports that the Ironworkers International are just the latest building trades-related training convention to come to Washtenaw County. The Ironworkers are training the trainers at Washtenaw Community College through Saturday.

Vegetable garden at Dicken Elementary School vandalized on multiple occasions

AnnArbor.com reports that the student gardent at Dicket Elementary School has been damanged several times. Other local schools have also experienced vandalism in student gardens, including a complete loss at harvest time for Mitchell Elementary students.

The Online Learning Question

The writer of the Ann Arbor School Musings blog recently wrote about her reservations about online learning, saying that it's only been tested on high-motivation students.

Why are people not more upset about the achievement gap than the field trip?

AnnArbor.com's lead multicultural blogger recently wrote an opinion column asking why people are more upset about a recent school trip for black students only than they are about the persistence of an achievement gap between black and white students. The Washtenaw Education News Examiner covered reactions to the field trip here and here.

U of M confirms Chelsea student dies in accident during research class in Wyoming

The Chelsea Standard reports that a senior at the University of Michigan was killed Tuesday afternoon during a hiking trip at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The student was attending a geology class with several other students at Camp Davis, a field station for the university's Department of Geological Sciences, and the accident occurred during a hike that was not part of the official curriculum.

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