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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Michigan Policy Seminar

Thursday, April 22, 2004
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Michigan State Capitol
Rooms 402/403



9:00 – 9:15 AM
Welcome and Introductions:  Michigan EPFP Coordinators

9:15 – 10:00 AM 
The Governor’s Education Agenda
Sue C. Carnell (EPFP 1999-2000)
Education Policy Advisor to Governor Jennifer Granholm
Office of the Governor

Sue C. Carnell is the Education Advisor to Governor Jennifer Granholm. Previously she was the Director of the Office of School Excellence in the Michigan Department of Education, which encompassed Curriculum, Early Childhood and Parenting Programs, School Health and School Improvement. Prior to this appointment, Sue served as the Director of Community Services in the areas of Adult Education, International Education, Public School Academies, Non-Public Schools/Home Schooling and Schools of Choice. At the local level she has been an elementary principal, assistant director of special education and a teacher at both the elementary and middle school levels.

10:00 – 11:00 AM
How the Budget Impacts Policy Priorities and Goals
Nancy W. Duncan
Deputy State Budget Director
Department of Management and Budget

Nancy W. Duncan has served as the State of Michigan’s Deputy State Budget Director since February 1998.  In this capacity, she manages the Office of the State Budget, which includes responsibility for development and oversight of the state budget; the Office of Financial Management, which publishes the State of Michigan Comprehensive Annual Financial Report; and the Center for Educational Performance and Information, which collects and reports data about Michigan's K-12 public schools. Ms. Duncan began her career with the State of Michigan as a caseworker in the Family Independence Agency and continued to work there for 28 years in a variety of budget, finance, policy and evaluation positions.  Immediately before coming to the Office of the State Budget, Ms. Duncan was the Chief Financial Officer and Budget Officer for the Family Independence Agency. Ms. Duncan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Albion College.  She also attended Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

11:00 – 11:45 AM
Senate Democratic Caucus Agenda
State Senator Irma Clark-Coleman
Minority Vice Chair, Senate Education Committee

11:45 -12:30 PM
Senate Republican Caucus Agenda
State Senator Wayne Kuipers
Chair, Senate Education Committee

12:30 – 1:15 PM   LUNCH

1:15 – 2:00 PM
Role of the Legislative Service Bureau
John G. Strand
Legislative Council Administrator

Since January 2001, Mr. Strand, as the Legislative Council Administrator, has served as the ex-officio member of the Michigan Law Revision Commission.  The following agencies fall under his supervision:  Legislative Service Bureau, Legislative Council Facilities Agency, Joint Committee on Administrative Rules staff, Michigan Law Revision Commission, and the Commission on Uniform State Laws.  Mr. Strand also serves as a commissioner on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Prior to being appointed to the Legislative Council, Mr. Strand served as Chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission since October 1993 and had been a Tribunal Judge for the Michigan Tax Tribunal from January 1993 to October 1993.  He had previously served six terms as a state legislator beginning in 1981, serving in a leadership position and as vice-chairman of the Insurance and the House Oversight Committees and as a member of the Taxation and Judiciary Committees. Mr. Strand is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.  He holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh in Economics and Political Science in 1973 and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1976.

2:00 – 2:45 PM
House Democratic Caucus Agenda
Representative Doug Spade
Member, House Education Committee

2:45 – 3:30 PM 
House Republican Caucus Agenda
Representative Brian Palmer
Chair, House Education Committee

3:30 to 4:00 PM
Forum Wrap-up & Adjourn

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