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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Tough Choices or Tough Times? You Decide

March 10, 2008
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Our nation is in the midst of a perfect storm, according to ETS researchers - and the forecast is grim - unless we invest in policies that will change our perilous course. This session explores in depth a radical, comprehensive approach to turn around America's future.


Learning Team Members:

Martin Ackley, Director of Communications, Michigan Department of Education
John Cloft, CPA, Office of Special Education & Early Intervention Services, Michigan Department of Education
Robin Dickson, Director of Innovation & Research, Michigan Virtual University
Kyle Geurrant, Supervisor, Coordinated School Health & Safety Programs Grants Coordination & School Support, Michigan Department of Education
Scott Little, Associate Executive Director, Michigan School Business Officials
Amy Scott, Curriculum Consultant, Eastern Upper Peninsula ISD
Erin Strang, Assistant Director, Business Innovation, OUIncubator
Mary Suurmeyer, Executive Director, CAUSE
Rose Zuker, Chief Accountant, Michigan Department of Education


Fellows will gain an understanding that action to reform our system of education is imperative.
Fellows will feel empowered to use their talents to realize change.


12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Tough Choices: Ten Steps in Detail with Marc Tucker

2:15 PM Eric Reeves, General Counsel & Director of Public Affairs for


3:15 PM Exploring Implementation

4:00 PM How Can Everybody Win? Give a Shift!

Program Resources:

Eric Reeves, General Counsel & Director of Public Affairs for

Eric Reeves was a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly who represented the state's sixteenth Senate district. An attorney from Raleigh, North Carolina, Reeves resigned from his chair after the (2003-2004 session) which was his fourth term in the state Senate. Reeves earned a bachelor's degree in history from Duke University in 1986 and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Wake Forest University in 1989. He was first elected to the State Senate in 1996 and served as co-chair of the Senate Information Technology Committee. He now lives in Texas and is the General Counsel and Director of Public Affairs for, a leading provider of software management tools for Educational Facilities.


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