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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Establishing a Policy Framework

November 16, 1998
2:00 pm-7:00 pm
Kellogg Ctr., MSU

This session will focus on creating a policy framework. Fellows will explore both the practical and theoretical aspects of how public policy is developed and implemented. Policy issues of current concern to Michigan citizens will also be examined.

Session A Resource Person: Mayor David Hollister

Following a teaching career which began in 1965 and after six years of public service as a county commissioner, David Hollister was elected to the position of State Representative from Lansing's 57th District (now the 69th District) in 1974 and served until December 1993. He was elected Mayor of Lansing in November of 1993, and began serving a four-year term on January 1, 1994.

As a State Legislator, Mr. Hollister served as a member of the House Appropriations Committee where he co-chaired the Subcommittees on Social Services and Mental Health. In addition, he served on the Appropriation Subcommittees of Public Health, School Aid/Department of Education, and Transportation. Mr. Hollister also was a member of the Task Force for Investment Budgeting and Michigan's Future, and chaired the Job Academy Subcommittee of this Task Force.

In his legislative role, Mr. Hollister was active in working on public health issues concerning indigent health care, AIDS, long-term care, certificate-of-need and cost containment for hospitals and nursing homes, organ transplantation, toxic waste, infant mortality, substance abuse, domestic violence, emergency shelter and food. In the area of social services, Mr. Hollister played a key role in the Michigan Legislature on issues such as child care, homelessness, energy assistance and weatherization programs for low income and public assistance recipients, and employment and training programs for welfare recipients. In the area of mental health, he was a leader and advocate in the shift from institutional to community care.

Session B: Policy Perspectives: Michigan in Brief: 1998-99

Public Sector Consultants, Inc. prepared and published Michigan in Brief: 1998-99, which provides useful information about Michigan and an objective look at 65 public policy topics of current concern to Michigan residents and their elected representatives.

Resource People:

Mr. Jeff Williams (EPFP 97-98)
Senior Consultant for Technology & Public Policy
Public Sector Consultants, Inc.
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Dr. David Plank
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David Plank is a professor of educational administration specializing in
the areas of educational policy and educational finance. He has conducted
research and served as a consultant in these areas in the United States,
Africa, and Latin America. His current research interests concern the
relationshiip between democratic governance and policy change in
educational systems. He is co-Primary Investigator on a study of competing
reform strategies that focuses on charter schools and professional
development schools in Michigan.

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