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Speakers Announced for Annual Legislative Conference—Register Today!

Jennifer Smith

By Jennifer Smith, MASB Director of Government Relations

DashBoard, March 22, 2017

The Legislature is already considering many issues affecting education and are moving along in the budget process. The upcoming MASA/MASB Legislative Conference provides you with the perfect opportunity to advocate on behalf of your district, its students and public education in Michigan.

This year’s conference will feature a Legislative Leadership Panel featuring:

  • Sen. Phil Pavlov (R-St. Clair), Chair of the Senate Education Committee, Member of the Senate Families, Seniors and Human Services Committee and Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12, School Aid and Education;
  • Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor), Minority Vice Chair of the Senate Education Committee and Minority Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12, School Aid and Education;
  • Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw), Chair of the House Education Reform Committee and Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid and Education; and
  • Rep. Robert Kosowski (D-Westland), Minority Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid and Education.

Following the interactive panel discussion there will be four breakout sessions. Topics will include the policy agenda in Lansing and the School Aid Budget, as well as two others still in development. Finally, we are excited to announce that NSBA President Miranda Beard will be joining us as a keynote speaker to wrap up the day. If you’ve heard Ms. Beard speak before, you know she’s the perfect person to get attendees fired up and ready to head to the Capitol!

After we adjourn, take your concerns and support for public education directly to legislators' doorsteps by scheduling appointments with your Senator or Representative, sitting in on a committee meeting or checking out a legislative session. MASB and MASA will contact each of the legislators to make them aware, but you are responsible for making appointments with your Senator and Representative. It is not necessary for each individual to make an appointment; please coordinate your visits with members in your surrounding districts.

If you have any questions or need help arranging an appointment, please let us know.

Register today and we’ll see you May 2 in Lansing!

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