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Education Policy Fellowship Program

The Role of Local Control in Public Policy

December 9, 2013
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 2013-14 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 2013-14 EPFP learning priorities, review and propose topics, establish diverse cross boundary teams, and develop strategies for effective team participation. 

Resource Person


Dr. Eric Scorsone
Work Group Leader and Faculty Member
Public Policy and Land Use Work Group
Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics & MSUE Greening Michigan Institute
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Michigan State University


Our policy expert for this discussion is Dr. Eric Scorsone, a faculty member in MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 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.





Jan Urban-Lurain

Organizational Consultant



Jan Urban-Lurain is an organizational consultant and group facilitator with over thirty years’ experience in supporting individual and institutional transformation, innovation, and complex change. Since 1991, Jan has consulted extensively both nationally and locally with schools, universities, multi-stakeholder task force and planning groups, boards and advisory groups, plus leaders and teams in a variety of public sector organizations.  Prior to 1990, she served as advisor to Michigan's Governor on K-12 and workforce development policy and as the Deputy Director of the Governor's Office for Job Training. Her experiences include: designing and conducting post-secondary organizational change projects, as well as K-12 professional development schools, comprehensive K-12 school reform project support, school improvement facilitation, and principal leadership programs. She also pioneered work in Michigan and Indiana to link community engagement with economic development, education, and workforce development planning and action. Jan is a co-founder of the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) and president of the consulting firm, Spectra Data & Research, Inc. She is also  a founding member of the Sustainable Michigan Endowed Project (SMEP) based at Michigan State University and the Center for Michigan, a “think and do” tank in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a graduate of Michigan State and Western Michigan Universities with a B.A. in Social Work and a Masters in Public Administration.


Resource Material

Eric Scorsone PowerPoint on the Role of Local Control 

Developing Learning Teams Powerpoint

Resource Materials

This cohort's list of learning goals





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