The 2016 public policy forum dates are scheduled as January 20, March 16, April 20, and May 18. All forums, unless otherwise indicated, begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. at the Anderson House Office Building, 5th Floor Mackinac Room, downtown Lansing, across from the Capitol Bldg. The street address is 124 N. Capitol Avenue in Lansing, Michigan.
Each panelist will discuss their perspective before the forum opens to audience discourse. The audience includes lobbyists, legislators and their staff members, Capitol research staff, academic university faculty and researchers, and citizens who are particularly interested in policy-relevant issues and the “state of the State.”
You are invited to register for this and all other IPPSR forums online or by calling 517-355-6672.
Co-sponsored by Michigan State University’s
Institute for Public and Policy and Social Research
College of Education at Michigan State University
Detroit Public Schools: Quality, Accountability, and Governance
This forum provides policymakers with insights on how research can be used to help urban schools succeed. Current research activity, both domestic and international, helps us to understand what is needed to help principals successfully lead, teachers to effectively teach, and students to highly achieve. Specifically, panelists will explore options grounded in research for empowering Detroit public schools as well as all urban schools to demonstrate how Michigan may serve as a national model for urban education.
Kristi Bowman is a member of the Law College senior leadership team. Dean Bowman is also an education law scholar. She is a co-author of the 5th edition of a leading textbook in the field, Educational Policy and the Law (2012), editor of Pursuing Racial and Ethnic Equality in American Public Schools: Mendez, Brown, and Beyond (2015), and author of a textbook written for non-American education law scholars and practitioners, An Introduction to Constitutional Rights to and in Education in the United States (forthcoming 2016). In 2010, she received the Education Law Association's Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law. She also is a faculty affiliate of the Education Policy Center at the Michigan State University College of Education.
Prior to teaching, she practiced at Franczek Sullivan, P.C. (now Franczek Radelet), in Chicago, where she represented school districts, and clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. During law school she worked at the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. In 2001, Dean Bowman graduated magna cum laude from the Duke University Law School, having served as both the Articles Editor of the Duke Law Journal and the Associate Executive Editor of the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy. She simultaneously received her M.A. in Humanities from Duke University.
Excellent Schools Detroit named Daniel Varner, former program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and co-founder of the former Think Detroit Inc., as its new executive director in Fall 2011. At Kellogg, Varner worked with the education and learning team to develop programming priorities, identifying and nurturing opportunities to bring about positive change within communities to support vulnerable children and families.
Before joining Kellogg, Varner was CEO of Think Detroit PAL, one of the largest youth development organizations in Detroit, delivering programs to more than 12,000 young people each year. He previously served on the State Board of Education is a founding member of the Excellent Schools Detroit coalition. Excellent Schools Detroit is a broad-based coalition of Detroit’s political, education, business, civic and foundation leaders who are committed to having every student in an excellent school by 2020. Its goal is to see 90 percent of the city's students graduate from high school, 90 percent of them go on to college or high-quality career training and 90 percent be prepared to succeed at college or career training without needing remedial education.
Gary Naeyaert has been a legislative and communications advocate for thirty years. Most recently, he worked with the Governor John Engler Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University and the Michigan Association of Public School Academies (MAPSA). Previously he worked at the Michigan Road Builders Association; the Michigan Department of Transportation; Creative Media, Inc.; and Marketing Resource Group. A1983 graduate of James Madison College at MSU,
Gary Naeyaert is the executive director of the Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) a bi-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization supporting quality choices in public education for all Michigan students. GLEP strongly supports efforts to improve academic achievement, increase accountability and empower parental choice in our public schools. The organization consists of the Great Lakes Education Project, a 527 Political Action Committee; the Great Lakes Education Foundation, a c(3) education entity; and the GLEP Education Fund, a c(4) advocacy organization.
Sarah Reckhow’s work on urban schools has focused on policy reforms in New York City, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Detroit. Her award-winning book with Oxford University Press, Follow the Money: How Foundation Dollars Change Public School Politics, examines the role of major foundations, such as the Gates Foundation, in urban school reform. Reckhow was recently awarded a research grant from the W.T. Grant Foundation (with Megan Tompkins-Stange) to study the use of research evidence in the development of teacher quality policy debates. Aside from education policy, her research and teaching interests include urban politics, nonprofits and philanthropy, and racial and ethnic politics. She has published articles in the Journal of Urban Affairs, Policy Studies Journal, and Planning Theory. Reckhow is affiliated with the Global Urban Studies Program and the Education Policy Center at Michigan State. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2009. Previously, Reckhow taught history and govoernment at Frederick Douglass High School in the Baltimore City Public Schools.
Cosponsored by Michigan State University’s
Institute for Public and Policy and Social Research
Institute for Public Utilities
Flint Water System: State and Local Responsibilities
A decision to temporarily move the city of Flint’s water supply from the City of Detroit to the Flint River led to unsafe levels of lead in Flint’s water supply. The decision was financially based as a temporary solution while a pipeline to Lake Huron was under construction. While the city’s water supply was redirected to the City of Detroit once high levels of lead contamination drew a public outcry, a call for new protocol in the decision process in similar situations was called for. This forum will look at developments since the Flint Water situation and the impact it is having in our communities.
Gordie Howe Bridge: Planning for Neighboring Bridge Communities
The binational agreements are signed and construction on the New International Trade Crossing (NITC), the Gordy Howe Bridge, is foreseeable. The bridge spans across the Detroit River to connect the cities of Detroit and Windsor – the United States and Canada. This forum will report on research related to the regional impact of the new bridge and policy considerations for a 2020 completion. Less obvious considerations for a unique and sizeable construction like the bridge will be explored and include housing and services for temporary workers, fluctuations in business activity, and trade and industry flow.
Renewable Energy Economy: Michigan’s Mixed Energy Use Plan
Michigan’s Governor challenged the State’s energy providers in March 2015 by calling for 40 percent of the state’s power to come from energy waste reduction. With this reduction, more natural gas use alongside an increase in renewable energy sources was envisioned for Michigan’s energy future. Additionally, there has been much discussion on how this might be accomplished with emphasis on related technology innovation and economic opportunities. This forum will consider how emerging technologies, pricing of various fuel sources, and new and developing policies are changing the infrastructure/landscape Michigan’s energy supply.