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It's another big year in the Legislature and politics in Michigan. Don’t miss this opportunity to be engaged.

MASA/MASB Legislative Conference

May 22, 2018, Radisson Hotel, Lansing
7:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Once again, the Michigan Association of School Administrators and the Michigan Association of School Boards will be jointly hosting the Legislative Conference. The combined influence of our two organizations has an even stronger impact on legislators than either separately. Legislators and attendees have commented on the value of this joint conference and the “one-stop shop” feeling that they get.

The value of speaking with one voice with legislators and your communities is more important this year than many in the past. Some in Lansing would like nothing more than to see districts fighting one another. We must be united!

You can have a great impact on the legislative process if you show legislators how important education is by being here in Lansing and letting them know you hold them accountable for funding Michigan public schools.

For questions about registration, please contact Cheryl Huffman at or 517.327.5915. For questions regarding program content, please contact Jennifer Smith at or 517.327.5912.

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Draft Agenda

7:15 a.m. Registration and Hot Breakfast
8 a.m. Welcome
Chris Wigent, MASA Executive Director
Don Wotruba, CAE, MASB Executive Director
8:15 a.m. Legislative Panel on Career and Technical Education and the Marshall Plan for Talent
Sen. Ken Horn (R- Frankenmuth), Chair, Senate Committee on Economic Development & International Investment 
Rep. Ben Frederick (R-Owosso), Chair, House Committee on Workforce & Talent Development
Roger Curtis, Director, Michigan Department of Talent & Economic Development
Moderated by Tim Skubick

9:25 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

  • The School Aid Budget: What Numbers Can You Expect This Year?
    Bethany Wicksall, House Fiscal Agency
    Location: Capitol I
  • How to Make the Most of Your Legislative Meetings
    Jennifer Smith, Government Relations Director, MASB
    Sue Carnell, Superintendent, Westwood Community Schools
    Andy Neumann, Lobbyist, Michigan Education Association
    Diane Hockett, Washtenaw ISD Board Member or Simone Lightfoot, Ann Arbor Public Schools Board Member (they will each do one session)

    Location: Michigan 2-3
  • Title IX
    Joel Gerring, Assistant Legal Counsel, MASB
    Location: Regency I
  • Current Legal Issues
    Cristina T. Patzelt, Attorney, Thrun Law Firm, P.C.
    Location: Regency II
10:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions
Repeat of 9:30 a.m. sessions
11:10 a.m. School Safety Initiatives Panel
Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth, Ingham County
Chris Coady, OK2SAY
Peter Spadafore, Assistant Executive Director for Government Relations, MASA
12:05 p.m. Legislative Talking Points
MASA and MASB Government Relations Staff

12:15 p.m.

Head to the Capitol for meetings, session and committees

Lunch on Your Own

Michigan Association of School Boards