Education Beat:  Adrian Walker picked to fill vacancy on Flint Community Schools Board
Jan19

Education Beat: Adrian Walker picked to fill vacancy on Flint Community Schools Board

By Harold C. Ford “We (millennials) want to be a part of meaningful change.”—Adrian Walker, YouTube statement, June 28, 2017 Adrian Walker, director of community and government affairs for the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, emerged from two rounds of interviews as the Flint school board’s choice to fill a vacant seat on the seven-member panel. Walker fills a seat left vacant by Anita Moore, who failed to complete...

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COVID, water crisis exacerbating mental illness in Genesee County, health systems rep warns
Jan18

COVID, water crisis exacerbating mental illness in Genesee County, health systems rep warns

By Coner Segren COVID-19 is exacerbating a mental health crisis in Genesee County, according Lisa Bruder of the Genesee Health System (GHS) in a presentation to the January meeting of Flint Neighborhoods United (FNU). “It would be impossible to live through COVID and not be impacted by in some way by stress or grief,” said Bruder,  manager of education at the GHS. “We need to tend to our community that has an existing mental health...

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“There are no velvet ropes in our criminal justice system.” – Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud on Flint water crisis prosecutions
Jan14

“There are no velvet ropes in our criminal justice system.” – Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud on Flint water crisis prosecutions

By Tom Travis Today Flint residents who logged onto a virtual court procedure saw something many had called for, but never thought they would see:  former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, an attorney at his side, pleading not guilty to charges leveled by Attorney General Dana Nessel for Snyder’s role in the Flint water crisis. Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and eight other former state and local officials, including Nick Lyon,...

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Education Beat:  Flint Community Schools reopening plans starting Jan. 18 announced;  board elects new officers
Jan14

Education Beat: Flint Community Schools reopening plans starting Jan. 18 announced; board elects new officers

By Harold C. Ford Flint Community Schools (FCS) Superintendent Anita Steward announced she will present a plan for reopening schools to staff and students for face-to-face/brick-and-mortar instruction at the FCS school board’s next regular meeting Jan. 20. She said FCS staff members would be called back to the buildings the week of Jan. 18 while students will be given the opportunity to return to buildings starting the week of Feb....

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“Change the guidelines for compensation” – Community members and water warriors plead with Judge Levy
Jan12

“Change the guidelines for compensation” – Community members and water warriors plead with Judge Levy

By Tom Travis “Flint, tell Judge Levy to change the guidelines for compensation in the water settlement. All citizens should be compensated,” read a statement offered by concerned citizens, pastors, community leaders and Flint water warriors. The group gathered Monday at Flint’s water plant on Dort Highway. The statement, read by Pastor John McClane of Greater Destiny Ministries, will be delivered to Federal Judge...

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