Commentary: You can’t “right size” a district by only closing buildings
Dec05

Commentary: You can’t “right size” a district by only closing buildings

Guest commentary by Paul Jordan To survive in the long term, the Flint district must provide every neighborhood with a local elementary school.  Children can be well-educated in buildings that consist of only a few classrooms.  (My parents, and perhaps yours, were educated in them.). Given the low density of potential students in the district, elementary schools should be both numerous and small in capacity. [State of Michigan School...

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Downtown parking update: 4,200 tickets issued per month, 22 per cent disputed; cost/benefits to the city unclear
Dec02

Downtown parking update: 4,200 tickets issued per month, 22 per cent disputed; cost/benefits to the city unclear

By Liz Ireland-Curtis Continuing downtown metered parking, despite being extremely unpopular with the public, appears to be supported by the Downtown Development Authority (DDA).  But the cost-benefit to the city is unclear, an ongoing investigation by East Village Magazine suggests. Details about revenue from downtown parking meters specifically have been elusive, as actual figures have not been forthcoming. Some answers emerged at...

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Education Beat Analysis:  Flint School panel counters “we are the best board” after state superintendent warns there are too many buildings, financial crisis on horizon   
Dec01

Education Beat Analysis: Flint School panel counters “we are the best board” after state superintendent warns there are too many buildings, financial crisis on horizon  

By Harold C. Ford A takeaway that emerged from the Nov. 8 (Committee of the Whole or COW) and Nov. 15 (regular board meeting) meetings of the Flint Board of Education (FBOE): Link to Nov. 8 meeting Link to Nov. 15 meeting Michigan Superintendent of Instruction Michael Rice told the board that the Flint Community Schools (FCS)  has too many buildings for too few students, that the flush of COVID-era cash will soon disappear, and,...

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Review:  “That’s My Moon Over Court Street — Dispatches from a Life in Flint” resonates with “improbable happiness” and moving beyond ghosts
Nov21

Review: “That’s My Moon Over Court Street — Dispatches from a Life in Flint” resonates with “improbable happiness” and moving beyond ghosts

By Robert Thomas That’s My Moon Over Court Street: Dispatches from a life in Flint  is an intimate time capsule of a life in Flint composed of Jan Worth-Nelson’s collected columns from East Village Magazine, 2007- 2022. “My adult life in Flint,” she writes in her Introduction, “has had some dark times, and I haven’t been spared from hard and stupid things. These essays describe the improbable happiness I have found so often here. How...

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Commentary: The Flint water crisis criminal prosecution ends — landing another blow to the public trust
Nov09

Commentary: The Flint water crisis criminal prosecution ends — landing another blow to the public trust

By Paul Rozycki What if the next winner of the Super Bowl was determined, not by players scoring touchdowns or field goals, but one team winning because of a referee’s ruling over someone being offside or taking too much time in the huddle? There would be an outcry that the game was decided by the officials and not the players. The officials may have been following the rulebook, but the results would be very unsatisfactory to the fans...

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Education Beat:  Flint Schools seek Mott Foundation partnership for Holmes-Brownell campus upgrades
Nov04

Education Beat: Flint Schools seek Mott Foundation partnership for Holmes-Brownell campus upgrades

By Harold C. Ford The snarl(s) – those visible to the public, and those unseen – in ongoing effort(s) to upgrade the aging lineup of school buildings shepherded by Flint Community Schools (FCS) untangled a bit with the unanimous passage of a proposal by the Flint Board of Education (FBOE) to seek a $14 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to further upgrade the Holmes-Brownell campus on Flint’s northwest side. Voting...

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