Ruth is writing about the Ann Arbor Public Schools in a new blog Ann Arbor Schools Musings.
In addition, as the Ann Arbor News shrinks its coverage of everything (except maybe sports--which are important too), we are not getting the news we need about the schools. I believe that these are our schools--yes, the taxpayers--and we need to know what is going on. These are our schools--yes, the parents--and we need to be able to make decisions for our kids. These are our schools--yes, the staff--who often don't have a voice in decisions. These are our schools--yes, the students--and what students think also matters.
The Ann Arbor Public Schools are run by an elected Board of Education; their web site has some information about how that public body operates. The board calendar for 2008-2009 has a schedule of public meetings, and includes links to the packets of information that have been assembled for the board to review for each meeting. You may find them dry reading; you may find them hard to get through; you might find them slow to download, because the one I picked up with 64 pages and 4.4 megabytes, mostly of newspaper clippings from the Ann Arbor News. If you have comments, there are rules for public commentary at the board meetings, which appear to be well elaborated to deal with any number of issues that arise.