Education Beat:  Teachers continue protests;  no settlement yet with Flint school district
Feb24

Education Beat: Teachers continue protests; no settlement yet with Flint school district

By Harold C. Ford “We’ve got a heck of a job ahead of us.” – Joyce Ellis-McNeal, president, Flint Board of Education, Sept. 21, 2024 Following a five-hour meeting of the Flint Board of Education (FBOE) on Wednesday, Feb. 21, no settlement was reached on a new agreement with the United Teachers of Flint (UTF). About half of the meeting was spent in closed session with Timothy Gardner, an attorney with the East Lansing-based Thrun Law...

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$400K paid so far to 350 Flint moms in first month of pathfinding RxKids program
Feb20

$400K paid so far to 350 Flint moms in first month of pathfinding RxKids program

By Miriam Zayadi More than $400,000 has been paid to approximately 350 mothers in Flint in just over the first month of the nationally pathfinding program RxKids, the program’s coordinators announced at a celebration Feb. 14. The initiative, which launched Jan. 10,  is the first city-wide maternal and infant cash prescription program in the nation and was designed by pediatrician and public health advocate Mona Hanna-Attisha and Luke...

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Education Beat:  Teachers’ unrest hits Flint school board, ALA building next one to close
Feb18

Education Beat: Teachers’ unrest hits Flint school board, ALA building next one to close

By Harold C. Ford “I was kind of overwhelmed today.” –Michael Clack, Vice President, Flint Board of Education “Obviously tonight, and the past couple of weeks, are very emotionally charged.” –Dylan Luna, treasurer, Flint Board of Education At the Feb. 14 meeting of the Flint Board of Education (FBOE) ,  scores of teachers protested a scuttled tentative settlement of a grievance filed by the United Teachers of Flint (UTF) against Flint...

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Nancy Dash presents ‘The Centennial Prints’ show at Mott Community College
Feb17

Nancy Dash presents ‘The Centennial Prints’ show at Mott Community College

By Paul Rozycki Nancy Dash has worked at Mott Community College (MCC) for over half of its 100-year history. During that time she has been a coach for men’s tennis and women’s basketball and volleyball, as well as a professor of psychology since the early 1970s. But before she did any of those things she was an artist. So, on Thursday Feb. 15, 2024, as part of its regular Art Talk series, Dash explained her process of creating...

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‘Into the Side of a Hill’ brings step to The Rep
Feb15

‘Into the Side of a Hill’ brings step to The Rep

by Patsy Isenberg Though “Into the Side of a Hill” made its world premier just this February at the FIM Flint Repertory Theatre, playwright James Anthony Tyler had been thinking about writing it since 2016. According to the playbill, Tyler said the idea “stuck with me” for a few years, even as he composed a different play before he set to work on penning this one.  “Into the Side of a Hill” is directed and co-choreographed by Ken-Matt...

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