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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Coalition Building & Advocacy

November 16, 2009
Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

The purpose of this session is to examine coalition building and advocacy as strategies for impacting public policy. We will examine the goals and priorities of a new coalition that has been created by the Michigan Association of School Business Officials, the Michigan Association of School Boards and the Michigan Association of School Administrators to Save Our Students, Save Our Schools, Save Our State (SOS). One of the goals of the SOS coalition is to develop support for a proposal that will address the needs of schools and Michigan for a stable and equitable funding system.

Resource Person:

Tom WhiteTom White (EPFP 1989-90)
Thomas White LLC
Education and Management Consulting
13635 Canyonwood Close
DeWitt, MI 48820
(517) 515-1604

Tom White is an education and management consultant who works with several organizations including the Michigan Department of Education, the Confucius Institute at Michigan State University and the Michigan Association of School Boards. He is the former Executive Director of the Michigan School Business Officials (MSBO), a professional organization for school managers who work in the non-curricular aspects of a school district, primarily in the areas of finance, accounting, payroll, purchasing, facilities, technology, transportation and food services. Before joining MSBO Tom worked for 9 years as the Director of Government Relations for the Michigan Association of School Boards. Prior to that he spent 9 years as a labor negotiator, negotiating more than 100 contracts with school employee groups over his career. He has also taught at a community college and worked in the field of medical economics. Tom is currently on several boards: he is vice-president of the Clinton County Regional Education Services Agency and president of the Michigan Institute for Educational Management Board of Directors. He is also a member of the following: the Michigan Liquid Asset Fund (an investment pool in excess of $1 billion), the School Employers Trust Property Casualty Fund, the Education Alliance of Michigan, and the Michigan Schools Energy Cooperative. Tom has a M.A. degree from Michigan State University in Labor and Industrial Relations and a B.A. degree in social science. He completed two years of post graduate work in business at the University of Oregon.

During the second part of the program the Fellows will identify and discuss proposed EPFP Learning Team topics and begin the process of establishing Learning Teams and selecting presentation dates.

Resource Material

EPFP Learning Team Information
SOS PowerPoint
EPFP Learning Team PowerPoint


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