Education Beat:  Flint Summer Enrichment Programs conclude as students return to school buildings and balanced calendar
Aug10

Education Beat: Flint Summer Enrichment Programs conclude as students return to school buildings and balanced calendar

By Harold C. Ford Students enrolled in Flint Community Schools (FCS) returned to school Aug. 4 for a third consecutive year under a “balanced calendar” that was adopted by FCS at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.  A balanced calendar features an earlier start to the school year, a later finish, and longer and more frequent breaks during the academic year. While balanced calendar proponents cite many advantages, the...

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With eight percent turnout for Flint city council primary, most incumbents advance to the general election
Aug04

With eight percent turnout for Flint city council primary, most incumbents advance to the general election

By Paul Rozycki As voters turned out in surprisingly low numbers for Tuesday’s city council primary, a number of new faces emerged to challenge incumbents in City Hall. Yet, with about eight percent of the voters casting ballots, only one incumbent found himself in the losing column. Voters in the 2nd Ward defeated incumbent Maurice Davis, as he finished third in a four person field.  All of the other incumbents who chose to run, were...

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Education Beat:  Mott Foundation CEO White pauses, then restores, grants to Flint Schools;  200 at packed Ed Board meeting signal community divides
Jul31

Education Beat: Mott Foundation CEO White pauses, then restores, grants to Flint Schools; 200 at packed Ed Board meeting signal community divides

By Harold C. Ford The dramatic twists and turns reflected by and from the leadership teams—elected and appointed—at Flint Community Schools (FCS) deepened when Ridgway White, CEO of the Flint-based C. S. Mott Foundation, announced a pause of FCS grant funding on July 16.   A plan titled the Flint Education Continuum (FEC), spearheaded by the Mott Foundation, aiming to renovate or replace all of Flint’s school buildings and provide...

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Flint Home Improvement Fund offers low- and no-interest loans up to $20,000 to homeowners of all income levels
Jul29

Flint Home Improvement Fund offers low- and no-interest loans up to $20,000 to homeowners of all income levels

The Flint HIF (Home Improvement Fund) has released updated information on the progress of the program.  Home renovation projects underway through the Flint Home Improvement Fund The Flint Home Improvement Fund, launched in February 2021, generated a lot of interest among Flint residents. More than 200 applications have been submitted. A total of 14 home improvement projects are currently underway in eight of the city’s nine wards, and...

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Commentary: After the water crisis and the pandemic, what’s next?
Jul29

Commentary: After the water crisis and the pandemic, what’s next?

By Paul Rozycki It looked like the Flint water crisis was over…and it wasn’t. It looked like the pandemic was over…and it wasn’t. The water crisis In Flint, as July ended, nearly all of the lead pipes in the city had been replaced, a court settlement was on track, lead levels were at record lows, and it seemed that the seven years of the Flint water crisis might be behind us.  Then the newly installed pipes on Court Street began...

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From San Francisco to Chevy-in-the-hole – the Chevy Coupe helped to move America
Jul29

From San Francisco to Chevy-in-the-hole – the Chevy Coupe helped to move America

By Teddy Robertson “Je-zus Christ!” Stress on the first syllable and heavy elongation of the “z” sound. I blurted out one of my father’s favored expletives. My mother had slammed on the brakes and I tumbled off the bench seat of our old Chevy coupe and hit the floor mat beneath. The brown and red threads of the tan plaid upholstery prickled as I clambered back onto the bench seat. It was 1951 and I was six years old. The car was a...

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