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Sehvilla Mann

Local Government/Education Reporter

Sehvilla Mann joined WMUK’s news team in January 2014 as a reporter on the local government and education beats. Before that she covered a variety of topics, including environmental issues, for Bloomington, Indiana NPR and PBS affiliates WFIU and WTIU. She’s also written and produced stories for the Pacifica Network and WYSO Public Radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Sehvilla holds a B.A. in French from Earlham College and an M.A. in journalism from Indiana University.

A handful of people stand along the edge of a busy street and hold signs saying things like "We are WMU" and "We are essential - pay your workers."
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Part-time instructors at Western Michigan University are unlikely to win a substantial raise in their next contract. But as negotiations wrap up possibly as early as Friday, the Professional Instructors Organization says it has made some gains.


The photo shows trees with leaves just coming in, right, and a long multilevel building in shadow, left. In the background behind the building is a tall, pale chimney.
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To the west of Kalamazoo, in the Village of Lawton, just off the main drag, there’s a sprawling brick building with arched windows and sturdy walls. Here’s what’s special about it: This building has a chimney, or smokestack so tall you can see it from all over town. For locals, it's a symbol of home. For visitors, it’s a curiosity.


The photo highlights a yellow-orange banner on a brick outside wall at El Sol Elementary in Kalamazoo, proclaiming that El Sol is a Promise school. The doorway to the building is in the background.
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The launch of the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship almost 16 years ago was, of course, monumental for Kalamazoo. But it also had a profound impact on the rest of the country, says senior researcher Michelle Miller-Adams of the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.


A head and shoulders photo of a man with dark hair, glasses and a tie, who is smiling and sitting behind a microphone. A colorful banner for WMUK is in the background.
Earlene McMichael / WMUK

A Western Michigan University Trustee who stayed on the Board after moving out of state is leaving it after all.

A young woman holds several stickers, fanned out, which are dark blue with an American flag. They read, "I registered to vote today."
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

In 2018, by a two-to-one margin, Michigan voters approved Proposal 3, a ballot initiative expanding voter rights. Among other things, it legalized no-reason absentee voting and the right to register to vote on Election Day at your city or township clerk’s office. Rick Kinas of Kalamazoo thought same-day registration sounded like a good idea, “in terms of allowing people not to be disenfranchised in the case they hadn’t gotten quite coordinated.”


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