Flint voters experience troubled waters of democracy leading up to Nov. 3 election
Aug28

Flint voters experience troubled waters of democracy leading up to Nov. 3 election

By Tom Travis What is the prospect for accurate and reliable voting for the people of Flint as the Nov. 3 election approaches?  Several recent developments focusing on the Flint City Clerk’s office are attempting to assure access and trustworthy handling of absentee ballots and election procedures for the high-stakes election. City Hall Shuts Down due to the pandemic The year 2020 has presented its share of obstacles to hurdle...

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Flint Schools eventfully roll into new school year:  lawsuits settled, sports cancelled, student no-shows
Aug27

Flint Schools eventfully roll into new school year: lawsuits settled, sports cancelled, student no-shows

By Harold C. Ford Events in August kickstarted the 2020-21 school year for Flint Community Schools in a most newsworthy fashion.  The settlement of two longstanding lawsuits brought by the American Civil Liberties Union had important ramifications for Flint’s schoolchildren.  All fall sports have been canceled.  Fewer than 50% of Flint’s students showed up for class at the start of the new school year.  And three incumbent board of...

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Education Beat: Student no-shows spur FCS “Operation Return to Learn”
Aug26

Education Beat: Student no-shows spur FCS “Operation Return to Learn”

By Harold C. Ford “All hands on deck.” — Kevelin Jones, assistant superintendent, Flint Community Schools More than 50 percent of students expected to attend Flint Community Schools (FCS) during the 2020-21 school year were no-shows through the first week and a half of school that began Aug. 5..  In response, teams of FCS educators—including Superintendent Anita Steward and Assistant Superintendent Kevelin Jones—have...

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Flint Unity Coalition of Pastors call out John Gleason; “Today we stand in solidarity and support of Ms. Brown”
Aug25

Flint Unity Coalition of Pastors call out John Gleason; “Today we stand in solidarity and support of Ms. Brown”

By Tom Travis Pastor Chris Martin spoke on behalf of the Flint Unity Coalition of Pastors at a press conference on the northeast lawn of the Genesee County Court House Tuesday to show support for City Clerk Inez Brown and to call out County Clerk John Gleason for a letter sent by his office last week. The letter was authored by Doreen Fulcher, County Elections Supervisor. In the letter Fulcher enumerated 19 points she called...

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Top eight ways to spend $1 million in Flint announced by Mott Foundation
Aug24

Top eight ways to spend $1 million in Flint announced by Mott Foundation

Demolishing vacant houses, setting up youth jobs for neighborhood cleanup, assistance for home repairs, and beautification efforts topped the tally of how to spend $1 million the C.S. Mott Foundation money has set aside to strengthen neighborhoods, according to a press release from the Foundation issued today. Several months ago the Foundation invited residents to suggest how to spend $1 million and pledged to fund the projects most...

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$2.7 million on its way for early childhood ed, child care in Genesee County, Kildee announces
Aug24

$2.7 million on its way for early childhood ed, child care in Genesee County, Kildee announces

A $2.7 million federal grant to Genesee Intermediate School District to fund Early Head Start education and child care programs for children in mid-Michigan was announced today by Congressman Dan Kildee (M-05). According to a press release issued by Kildee’s office, the $2,739,105 federal grant is being awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership...

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