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It's another big year in the Legislature and politics in Michigan. Don’t miss this opportunity to be engaged.

MASA/MASB Legislative Conference

May 2, 2017, Radisson Hotel, Lansing
7:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Once again, the Michigan Association of School Administrators and the Michigan Association of School Boards will be jointly hosting the Legislative Conference. The combined influence of our two organizations has an even stronger impact on legislators than either separately. Legislators and attendees have commented on the value of this joint conference and the “one-stop shop” feeling that they get.

The value of speaking with one voice with legislators and your communities is more important this year than many in the past. Some in Lansing would like nothing more than to see districts fighting one another. We must be united!

You can have a great impact on the legislative process if you show legislators how important education is by being here in Lansing and letting them know you hold them accountable for funding Michigan public schools.

Program Agenda

7:15 a.m. Registration and Hot Breakfast
8 a.m. Welcome
Chris Wigent, MASA Executive Director
8:15 a.m. Legislative Leadership Panel
Sen. Phil Pavlov (R- St. Clair), Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor), Rep. Tim Kelly (R- Saginaw) and Rep. Robert Kosowski (D-Westland)

9:30 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

The Campaign to Privatize Education and What You Can Do to Fight Back
Christina Canfield, Lobbyist and Greg Steimel, Research Consultant, Michigan Education Association

The School Aid Budget: What Numbers Can You Expect This Year?    
Invited Speaker: Bethany Wicksall, House Fiscal Agency

Invited Speaker: Rodd Monts, ACLU

Furthering the Education Finance Study
Speaker TBA

10:25 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Repeat of those listed above

11:20 a.m. Legislative Update and Talking Points
MASA and MASB Government Relations Staff
11:45 a.m. Importance of Advocacy
Miranda Beard, NSBA Immediate Past President

12:15 p.m.


Head to the Capitol for meetings, session and committees
Lunch on your own

Thank You to Our Corporate Partners:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
SET SEG School Insurance Specialists

For questions about registration, please contact Cheryl Huffman at or 517.327.5915. For questions regarding program content, please contact Jennifer Smith at or 517.327.5912.

Michigan Association of School Boards