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District Size & Structure in Michigan

May 08, 2006
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This session will guide a data-based exploration of Michigan's school district history:  how did we arrive at the current 700+ districts? At different times during that history, various rationales justified first an expansion of districts, then a radical consolidation, eventually a perceived minimum-feasible "brake" on the consolidation movement, and more recently an expansion as charter schools overlaid non-geographic districts on top of plat-based ones. In addition, several recent case studies will give insight about local efforts to consolidate that prevailed and others that failed. By identifying the advantages that pushed for change in each case, we will assemble a comprehensive list of pro's and con's for creating larger and smaller districts. Given changes in conditions during the past ten years, we'll also identify creative alternatives to consolidation that districts are using to obtain some of the advantages without accruing the disadvantages of formal status change. And finally, we propose a simulation in which participants, as voters in adjoining districts, will debate and negotiate a proposal to change the size and structure of their district.

Learning Team Members:

Bob Balwinski
Bob Cipriano
Dan Hanrahan
Joann Neuroth
Dan Schab
Kathy Weller

Research Questions:

  • Is there a "right size" for a school district?
  • Is "Bigger/Fewer" likely to bring economies of scale?
  • Or is "Smaller/More Choice" likely to maximize identity and engagement?
  • Why does Michigan have over 700 districts?  Should it?
  • Are there alternatives to consolidation that districts may use?

Agenda: Why does Michigan have over 700 districts?  Should it?

1:15 PM         The History of School District Organization in Michigan
1:30 PM         Exploring Assumptions/Making Projections
2:00 PM         Analyzing Current Financial/Performance Data
2:20 PM         Public Opinion in Michigan
2:35 PM         Break
2:45 PM         Case Study/Simulation
3:45 PM         Break
4:00 PM         Guest Speaker: Anthony Derezinski J.D.
5:00 PM         Adjourn

Resource Persons:

Anthony Derezinski J.D.
Director of Government Relations
Michigan Association of School Boards http://www.masb.org/
1001 Centennial Way, Suite 400
Lansing, MI 48917
(517) 327-5900

Mr. Derezinski is currently the Director of Government Relations for the Michigan Association of School Boards.  He is a graduate of Muskegon Catholic Central High School, Marquette University, the University of Michigan Law School (J.D. degree), and Harvard Law School (Master of Laws Degree).  Mr. Derezinski served as Michigan State Senator from 1975-1978.  He was a member of the Board of Regents of Eastern Michigan University for 14 years.  He served as a Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General's Corps in the United States Navy from 1968-1971 and as a military judge in the Republic of Vietnam.  He is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Michigan and National Councils of School Attorneys, and the American Bar Association.

Resource Materials:

May 8 06 Learning Team.ppt

Shared Services Work for Two Michigan Districts http://www.michiganedusource.org/DistrictOrg/dualsupt.doc
In Northwest Michigan, Glen Lake and Suttons Bay school districts are exploring alternatives to school district consolidation.

Larger Deficits May Cause School Consolidation http://www.macombdaily.com/stories/032305/loc_consolidate001.shtml
This article examines the school district consolidation efforts in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, which has three public school districts.   Since 1953, the consolidation of the three school districts (Lake Shore, Lakeview, and South Lake) has been voted down nine times

Schools Need to Consolidate to Best Educate Our Children http://hillsdale.net/stories/111705/opinion_lincmiller001.shtml
Read this strongly worded letter from a concerned citizen that appeared in the Hillsdale Daily News.  He proposes, that due to declining enrollments, Hillsdale County (in Southern Michigan) should move from 8 public high schools in 8 different districts to 2 or 3 county high schools.

 

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Pre-K for All

April 24, 2006
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

This Learning Team presentation will examine the concept of Universal Pre-K for all 3 and 4 year olds. When communities invest in a stable workforce of trained early childhood providers, they also help to ensure that a child’s basic foundation will be durable.  These early investments reap dividends as child development translates into economic development later on.  A child with a solid foundation becomes part of a solid community and contributes to our society.  Every three and four-year-old in Michigan shall be offered a high quality pre-kindergarten learning opportunity by the state.  This voluntary early childhood development and education program shall be established according to Michigan’s Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Pre-Kindergarten and shall be free for all Michigan three and four-year-olds without taking away funds used for existing education, health and development programs.

Learning Team Members:

Dawn Arwood, Grant Coordinator, Children’s Trust Fund
Al Horn, Director of Refugee Services, Department of Human Services
Jim Paris, Acting Coordinator, Policy & Compliance, Office of Special Education & Early Intervention Services, Department of Education
Dan Reardon, Education Consultant, Office of School Improvement, Department of Education
Connie Robinson, Education Consultant, Office of Early Childhood Education & Family Services, Department of Education
Cheryl Schubel, Acting Supervisor, Child & Adult Care Food Program, Department of Education
Lorraine Thoreson, Education Consultant, Office of Early Childhood Education & Family Services, Department of Education

Great Start

Vision
A Great Start to make every child in Michigan safe, healthy, and eager to succeed in school and in life.  http://greatstartforkids.org/background.htm

Mission
The purpose of Great Start is to assure a coordinated system of community resources and supports to help all Michigan families provide a great start for their children from birth to age five. http://greatstartforkids.org/background.htm

Agenda

1:00 p.m. Introduction & Instruction
1:15 p.m. Developing Children's Brains - Connie Robinson
2:00 p.m. Break
2:10 p.m. Perry Preschool Project - Dr. Larry Schweinhart
3:10 p.m. Distribution of Folder Information & Instruction
3:20 p.m. Break & Gallery Walk
3:45 p.m. Back to Tables - Instruction & Table Work
4:15 p.m. Community Implementation Plan
4:45 p.m. Wrap-up
5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Resource Persons:

Dr. Lawrence Schweinhart
President
High/Scope Educational Research Foundation http://www.highscope.org/
600 North River Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48198-2898
(734) 485-2000

Larry Schweinhart was appointed by the High/Scope Board of Directors in 2003 to lead the High/Scope Foundation. During three decades of service to High/Scope as senior research scientist and chair of the High/Scope Research Division, he was instrumental in leading a range of research initiatives at the Foundation­from initially conducting research in 1975 to becoming High/Scope's lead researcher in 1989 in charge of all educational research programs.  Some projects he has led:

  • The High/Scope Perry Preschool Project ­ the landmark study establishing the great human and financial potential of high-quality early childhood programs
  • The High/Scope Curriculum Comparison Study, providing evidence that child-initiated learning activities are central to high-quality early childhood programs
  • The longitudinal state evaluation of the Michigan School Readiness Program for at-risk 4-year-olds
  • High/Scope's Head Start Quality Research Center, a 10-year effort currently evaluating effects of intensive High/Scope curriculum training on Head Start teachers and children
  • The development and evaluation of both editions of the Preschool Child Observation Record (COR), designed to assess young children's development from infancy through elementary school
  • A recently launched Ready Schools initiative, made possible through a $1.4 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and designed to develop and validate a Ready School Assessment and create an improvement plan for use in the nation's elementary schools
Dr. Schweinhart has authored numerous articles and essays on research topics that impact children's educational issues as well as numerous technical reports and program evaluations. He also has addressed a range of audiences of early childhood educators, researchers, advocates, and policy makers. He received his Ph.D. in education from Indiana University in 1975 and has taught a range of elementary school and college courses. He earned a B.A. in philosophy from St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, MD, in 1969.

Resource Materials:

Web Based Resources:
Brain Development: Building Children’s Brains
http://mi-aimh.msu.edu/publications/JoanFirestone.pdf
Perry Preschool Study
http://www.highscope.org/NewsandInformation/PressReleases/PerryP-Age40.htm
Building a 21st Century Economy: The Case for Investing in Early Education Reform
http://www.newamerica.net/Download_Docs/pdfs/Doc_File_2753_1.pdf

 

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Washington Policy Seminar

April 5-8, 2006

 

AGENDA AT-A-GLANCE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 THURSDAY, APRIL 6 FRIDAY, APRIL 7 SATURDAY, APRIL 8

1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WELCOME & ORIENTATION
Betty Hale and Doug Brattebo, IEL

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
“THE EFFECTS OF GLOBALIZATION ON THE MAKING OF U.S. EDUCATION POLICY”
Roy Barnes, Chairman, The Barnes Law Group, LLC & Former Governor of Georgia

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
COFFEE BREAK

2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
“CONGRESSIONAL INSIGHT: PART I”
Marty Wiseman
Director, Stennis Institute of Government
Jeff Markham
Research Analyst, Stennis Insitute of Government
Molly Clark
Stennis Institute of Government*

4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
BREAK

4:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
“CONGRESSIONAL INSIGHT: PART II”
Marty Wiseman
Jeff Markham
Molly Clark

 

6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
FREE TIME AND DINNER ON YOUR OWN

7:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
OPTIONAL DC HOSTED SCAVENGER HUNT

9:00 p.m.
Post-Hunt Celebration
Hospitality Suite

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
WASHINGTON FROM THE INSIDE OUT”
Norm Ornstein
Senior Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
BREAK

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
“POLICY, POLITICS, AND PROCEDURES INSIDE THE U.S. CONGRESS”
Judy Schneider
Senior Analyst, Congressional Research Service

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
STATE SITE HILL DAY, DC OFFICE VISITS & SITE DINNERS

 

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
DESSERT & COFFEE RECEPTION

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
THE CAPITOL STEPS
A satirical political review

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
“NIGHTLY BUDGET REPORT”
Stan Collender
Managing Director, Washington Financial Dynamics

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
BREAK

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
“HS REFORM”
Gregg Betheil
Senior Vice President , National Academy Foundation
Robert Rivera
Founder and CEO, Project GRAD
Constancia Warren
Senior Program Officer, Carnegie Corporation of New York*
Moderator: Angela Hernandez-Marshall
Senior Associate, CCSSO

11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
BREAK

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
CONCURRENT SESSIONS**

12:30p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
LUNCH

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Break

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
“IMPLEMENTING PUBLIC POLICY: NCLB”**
David Shreve, National Conference of State Legislatures
Wendy D. Puriefoy, President, Public Education Network
Alex Nock, Director of Commission on No Child Left Behind, Aspen Institute
www.nclbcommission.org
Moderator: Terri Schwartzbeck, Policy Analyst, American Association of School Administrators
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
COFFEE BREAK

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
OPEN SPACE Networking

4:30 p.m. on
FREE TIME

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
“WHY MAKING EDUCATION POLICY IS SO COMPLEX IN WASHINGTON, DC”
Jacquelyn Davis
DC Director, New Leaders for New Schools*
Deborah Gist
Director, DC State Education Office*
Victor Reinoso
Member, DC Board of Education*
Michelle White
Chief  of  Strategic Planning and Policy, DCPS *

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
BREAK

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
“DEMOGRAPHIC REALITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES”
Bud Hodgkinson
Director, Center for Demographic Policy, IEL

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
FELLOWS’ SYNTHESIS & WRAP-UP
Betty Hale and Doug Brattebo, IEL

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
SITE WPS DEBRIEFING

* - invited
**- see below for the list of panelists

** Concurrent Sessions
Friday, April 7                                                                                                                                                   
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

A. Getting a Head Start: Early Childhood Education
Libby Doggett, Executive Director, Pre-K Now http://www.preknow.org/documents/AnnualReport_Mar2006.pdf
Karabelle A. L. Pizzigati, Senior Associate, IEL
Maurice Sykes, Executive Director, Early Childhood Leadership Institute, University of the District Columbia

B. Minding the Gap: Defining Achievement
Denise Alston, Senior Program Specialist, National Education Association http://www.achievementgaps.org/index.php
Stephanie Robinson, Principal Partner, Ed Trust http://www2.edtrust.org/NR/rdonlyres/15B22876-20C8-47B8-9AF4-FAB148A225AC/0/PPSCreport.pdf
Robert Smith, Superintendent, Arlington County Public Schools

C. Accountability: Higher Standards for Higher Education
Leonard Haynes, Director, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, US Department of Education
Patricia McAllister, Director of Federal Relations and Public Affairs, Council of Graduate Schools
Michael Usdan, Senior Fellow, IEL http://www.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/hiedfuture/factsheet.html

D. Shaping the Debate: The Media and Education Policy
Noel Epstein, Former Education Editor of the Washington Post http://www.ewa.org/library/2004/EWAStandards.pdf
Ann Bradley, Associate Managing Editor, Education Week
Denise Slaughter, Director of Communications, IEL

E. Communities and Schools
Marty Blank, Director, Coalition of Community Schools, IEL http://www.communityschools.org/CCSDocuments/ccsfiveconditions.html
Sheri Deboe Johnson, Programs Director, National PTA
Bela Shah, Senior Program Associate, Institute for Youth, Education and Families, National League of Cities

F. Federal Education Policy: The Intersection of IDEA and NCLB
Katy Neas, Director of Congressional Affairs, Easter Seals
Nancy Reder, Deputy Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Special Education http://www.nasdse.org/docs/IDEANCLBIntersections%20final%202004.pdf
Sallie Rhodes, Senior Program Associate, IEL

G. Cooperation and Competition: Educational Standards in the Global Marketplace
Iris Rotberg, Professor of Education Policy, George Washington University
Jim Williams, Professor of International Education and International Affairs, George Washington University
Carol Anne Spreen, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland at College Park

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Michigan Education Policy Fellowship Program
Michigan Policy Seminar

March 30, 2006
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
State Capitol - Rooms 402-403

 

Agenda

9:00 – 9:05 AM

Welcome and Overview
Michigan EPFP Coordinators

9:05 – 10:00 AM How the Budget Impacts Policy Priorities and Goals
Nancy W. Duncan, Deputy State Budget Director
Department of Management and Budget
10:00 – 11:00 AM The Governor’s Policy Initiatives
Chuck Wilbur, Senior Advisor for Education and Communication
Office of Governor Jennifer M. Granholm
11:00 – 11:45 AM Gallery Visits
11:45 -12:30 PM Senate Democratic Caucus Agenda
Senator Michael Switalski - Senate District 10
12:30 – 1:00 PM Senate Republican Caucus Agenda
Senator Wayne Kuipers  - Senate District 30
1:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 – 2:15 PM House Republican Caucus Agenda
Representative Brian Palmer - House District 36
2:15 – 3:00 PM House Democratic Caucus Agenda
Representative Fred Miller - House District 31
3:00 - 4:00 PM Forum Wrap-up & Adjourn

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Problem Solving Simulations

March 13, 2006
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Ctr., MSU

The Fellows will experience and discuss specific assessment instruments to better understand and practice the behaviors and skills that contribute to effective group problem solving and decision making in organizations. Through participation in these exercises, individuals experience how certain behaviors can positively or negatively affect the performance of a group working to solve a common problem.

 

Resource Persons:

Fellows and Coordinators

 

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