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State Superintendent: GISD special education funding formula ‘does not meet the needs of Flint students’

Flint, MI— State Superintendent Michael Rice determined Tuesday that the formula used by the Genesee Intermediate School District to distribute special education funds among local districts was unfair and did not provide for the needs of Flint students. Due to this ruling, the GISD will have to modify its current formula.  “In my judgment, the […]

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Flint Schools combats teacher shortage with alternative certification program

Flint, MI— Flint Community Schools has launched a non-traditional teacher certification program to fill teaching gaps and to recruit and retain talent in the district.  The alternative teaching certification program, internally known as Grow Your Own, is approaching its first-year anniversary. The program offers future educators the chance to gain teaching experience while they work […]

Flint police officer pleads not guilty in criminal sexual conduct charges

Flint, MI– Former Flint police officer Justin McLeod plead not guilty this afternoon to nine counts related to sexual abuse of a child. McLeod was arrested Monday night following a forensic interview with the juvenile victim who accused him of sexually abusing her for two years. His arraignment was held this afternoon with Judge Jessica […]

Flint water crisis settlement increases to $641 million

Flint, MI— The City of Flint, McLaren Regional Medical Center and Rowe Professional Services have now signed onto the $600 million water crisis settlement, which increased financial compensation for Flint residents from $600 million to $641.2 million. The settlement was presented to the Court on Nov. 17 for preliminary approval. The City of Flint has conditionally agreed to contribute […]

Flint Police Officer charged with 9 counts related to criminal sexual conduct

Flint, MI– A Flint police officer is facing nine counts of criminal charges related to sexual abuse of a child.  Justin McLeod, 36, was arrested Monday night following a forensic interview with the juvenile female victim who accused him of sexually abusing her for two years.  The complaint charges him of six counts of criminal […]

Here’s what Flint Community Schools accomplished since Aug. 5

Flint, MI— Assistant Superintendent Kevelin Jones presented a district-wide update to the Flint Schools’ Board of Education during a Nov. 18, 2020 board meeting. The presentation is required by the state for Flint Schools to receive additional COVID-19 relief funds as part of Governor Whitmer’s Return to Learn efforts.   “We look at our Return to Learn […]

Flint Police Officer arrested following accusations of sexual abuse

Flint, MI–A Flint Police Officer working in the K-9 Unit has just been arrested during an investigation into sexual abuse.  Justin McLeod, 36, was arrested and accused of molesting and raping a young female for two years. He has not yet been formally charged, but the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the investigative reports […]

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Vice President Mike Pence to campaign in Flint this week

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Flint on Wednesday for a rally at Bishop International Airport just six days before voting ends. At least five of Pence’s aides recently tested positive for COVID-19, including chief of staff Marc Short and outside political advisor Marty Obst, CNN reported. Pence is considered a close contact with at […]

It’s her first time voting, she’s making sure she’s not alone

Flint, MI–This presidential election will be the first one Ashley McIntosh is eligible to vote in, and she can’t wait.  “This election is the election of my lifetime,” said the 21-year-old. “This my first time voting and I’ll be damned if I’m never voting again.” She’s also on a mission to make sure everyone else […]

Friday Night Jazz Offers Free Socially Distanced Live Music

Flint, MI—For eighteen years Pat Cronley has been driving his truck, outfitted with a stage in back, to different events in the city, bringing people live music. This year marks a special year, as he has upgraded from the old 1973 Dodge to a newer and more reliable truck. This year is also the first […]

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City of Flint launches major push to Be Counted as Census deadline approaches

FLINT, Mich. — With just 20 days remaining to complete the 2020 Census, the City of Flint is coordinating a major push to encourage residents to BE COUNTED. A full count of Flint residents equates to approximately $3 billion in funding for Flint-area programs and services. That’s $300 million each of the next 10 years […]

United Way receives grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint for conversations on race, racism, and change

Flint, MI — The Community Foundation of Greater Flint awarded $8,000 to the United Way of Genesee County, on behalf of Community Roots, for the Courageous Conversations on Race, Racism, and Radical Change project. The grant will allow Community Roots to facilitate four community conversations that aim to engage residents of Flint and Genesee County […]

Here’s how Flint voted to spend a $1 million grant to help the city

Flint, MI—The Mott Foundation announced the results of a recent survey of residents on how they would like to see $1 million spent to improve Flint’s neighborhoods. More than 800 people voted over a period of two weeks. After votes associated with ZIP codes outside the city of Flint were removed, votes from 640 residents […]

Movies Under the Stars Drive-In Edition will premiere this Friday

Flint, MI–  Movies Under the Stars Drive-In Edition will premiere on Friday, August 21 at The Whiting Auditorium Parking Lot located 1241 E Kearsley St, Flint, MI 48503. Communities First, Inc. has hosted the popular summer outdoor film series for the past six years.  This year, in light of COVID-19 we will offer a modified […]

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Flint City Council approves additional $1.1 million for service line replacement

Flint, MI– Flint City Council unanimously voted Nov. 12 to approve a change order of more than a million dollars to the contract with Goyette Mechanical Co. for service line replacement services. The company requested $1,169,686 for “incurred costs servicing two zones of the ten service line replacement zones due to the elimination of hydro-vac […]

Whitmer announces plan to invest $500 million in water infrastructure statewide

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her plan for a $500 million statewide investment in water infrastructure Thursday, providing funding to improve Michigan’s water systems “from source to tap.” The funding would be used to address infrastructure issues like Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in water, unaffordable water rates, lead service line replacements, and undersized sewers. Dr. […]

Flint Community Leaders Say $600-million settlement is not enough

Flint, MI—The state of Michigan announced a $600-million settlement in lawsuits related to the Flint water crisis. Local community leaders said at a press conference Friday afternoon that that number needs to be higher.  “I think we can all agree it’s a good first step,” Former Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said. “But we want the […]

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