Education Beat:   New leadership team likely to take shape on Flint Ed Board following sweep of four incumbents
Nov25

Education Beat: New leadership team likely to take shape on Flint Ed Board following sweep of four incumbents

By Harold C. Ford “You don’t get to be disciplined; you get to be voted out.”  –Karen Christian, president, United Teachers of Flint, admonishing the errant behaviors of Flint school board members, Sept. 21, 2022 And so, it came to be in the Nov. 8 general election that four incumbents running for re-election to the Flint Board of Education (FBOE) were swept from their positions —  “voted out,” by Flint voters. It was a clean...

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The Who’s Tommy in Concert at The Capitol Theatre
Nov25

The Who’s Tommy in Concert at The Capitol Theatre

By Patsy Isenberg “Explosive!”   That’s how the Flint Repertory Theatre’s producing artistic director Michael Lluberes described the musical “The Who’s Tommy,” which played to an almost sold-out audience and nearly brought the house down at the Capital Theatre Nov. 18 and 19. He added in his notes from the program that the show is “an exhilarating story of hope, healing, and the human spirit....

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Analysis: UM – Flint wrestling with implications of Strategic Transformation effort:  will liberal arts — or the campus itself —  survive?
Nov25

Analysis: UM – Flint wrestling with implications of Strategic Transformation effort: will liberal arts — or the campus itself — survive?

By Jan Worth-Nelson Pressed by a complex mix of serious financial issues, declining enrollment, momentum to supply expected workforce needs, effects of the pandemic, and even socio-cultural shifts, the University of Michigan – Flint is grappling with the likelihood of major changes in its character and institutional design. It appears the new era is already underway, with the launch in 2021 of the new College of innovation and...

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Herkenroder and Lewis voted president and vice-president of Flint city council, city clerk interviews to be Dec. 5
Nov17

Herkenroder and Lewis voted president and vice-president of Flint city council, city clerk interviews to be Dec. 5

By Tom Travis Councilperson Allie Herkenroder (Ward 7) was selected Monday on a 6-3 vote to be Flint city council president, with  Councilperson Ladel Lewis (Ward 2) as vice-president. Councilpersons Eric Mays (Ward 1), Jerri Winfrey-Carter (Ward 5) and Tonya Burns (Ward 6) voted against Herkenroder and Lewis. In addition, the council accepted a $10 million grant from the C.S. Mott Foundation and an additional $1.5 million from the...

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UM responds to emeritus faculty:  allegations “taken seriously,”  Flint campus offers “much promise”
Nov11

UM responds to emeritus faculty: allegations “taken seriously,” Flint campus offers “much promise”

By Jan Worth-Nelson Allegations of an injudicious decision-making process and concerns about top-level bullying at the University of Michigan  – Flint have been “taken seriously” and have been responded to “appropriately,”  University of Michigan spokespersons said Friday. Associate Emerita Professor Theodosia Robertson and the other 20 former UM – Flint faculty who signed a letter of concern sent...

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Election roundup:  Whitmer, Benson, Nessel, Kildee, Neeley win; State Legislature goes Democratic; All three proposals approved
Nov09

Election roundup: Whitmer, Benson, Nessel, Kildee, Neeley win; State Legislature goes Democratic; All three proposals approved

By Paul Rozycki Mid-term elections are typically bad news for the party in the White House. Yet, while some final votes are still being counted, the results of Tuesday’s mid-term election were better than expected for most Democrats.  In Michigan, Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, and Attorney General Dana Nessel all were reelected after facing challenges from Trump-backed election denying...

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