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Education Policy Fellowship Program

The Role of Local Control in Public Policy

December 12, 2011
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

During this seminar the Fellows will have an opportunity to examine the historical roots of the home rule and local control policies that continue to exercise such a force in our state. In addition, during the 2011-12 program year the Fellows will participate on Learning Teams and gain experience working on a collaborative policy or leadership project. Each Learning Team will be responsible for planning a future EPFP session on a topic selected by the participants. During this session the Fellows will revisit their 2011-12 EPFP learning priorities, review and propose topics, establish diverse cross boundary teams, and develop strategies for effective team participation. 

Resource Person

Dr. Eric Scorsone
Extension Specialist
Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

Our policy expert for this discussion is Dr. Eric Scorsone, an Extension Specialist with MSU's State and Local Government Program, the Greening Michigan Institute and the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. Previously Eric served as Senior Economist for the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency. His academic experience includes development of award winning extension programs as an Assistant Extension Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky in the areas of rural health economics and economic development. He also served as an Economist for the Colorado Governor's Office of State Planning and Budget and as a Senior Economist for the City of Aurora, Colorado. He received his Ph.D. in State and Local Public Finance from Colorado State University. He received his Master's degree from Michigan State University and a B.B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago. He has also worked on international development projects in Thailand, Macedonia and Indonesia and has taught at the University of Bologna, Italy and University of Valencia, Spain in public performance management. He has published in State and Local Government Review, Growth and Change, Journal of Appalachian Studies, Economic Development Quarterly, Journal of Federal Studies, Public Money and Management and International Review of Administrative Sciences. Dr.

Scorsone is from Saginaw, MI and currently resides in DeWitt, MI.

Resource Material

Eric Scorsone PowerPoint on the Role of Local Control (forthcoming)


Resource Person

Dr. Diane Jackson
Program Director, Michigan Coaches Institute and Coaching 101
Office of K-12 Outreach, College of Educaton
Michigan State University

Dr. Diane Jackson is currently the Director of the Michigan Coaches Institute and Coaching 101 in the Office of K-12 Outreach in the MSU College of Education. Both programs prepare educational coaches to work effectively in persistently low performing schools. She has over 30 years experience in education and curriculum development, has extensive training and facilitation experience locally and nationally and has practiced as a cognitive coach. Diane spent nine years as a national trainer and education consultant for The Efficacy Institute in Lexington, Massachusetts where she was responsible for delivery and facilitation of the Efficacy Seminar to educational and human service institutions across the United States. She holds degrees in Special Education and Instructional Technology. Her Ph.D. is in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Educational Psychology.Diane was a memeber of the 2009-2010 EPFP cohort.

Resource Materials

This cohort's list of learning goals


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