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									Grassroots Networking
     Building Support for
  Community & Adult Education

          March 26, 2009
Grassroots Networking
Session Overview

PART I:
  • MACAE’s Legislative Agenda
  • Mini-Refresher on Legislative Process
  • MACAE’s Grassroots Network
  • MACAE in Action
Grassroots Networking
Session Overview

PART 2:
  • Building Support at District/Regional Level
  • Communicating with Elected Officials
  • Plans for MACAE’s Legislative Day
Grassroots Networking
Session Overview

PART 3:
  • Organize by Legislative Representation
  • Make Personal Invites to Legislators
      (House & Senate)
  • Develop Regional Strategy
  • Prepare for Legislative Day
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PART I: Legislative Agenda

 Overarching Goal:
 Provide access to affordable,
 quality lifelong learning to all
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PART I: Legislative Agenda

Early Childhood Development:
Access to affordable, quality Preschool
for all 3 and 4-year olds
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PART I: Legislative Agenda

Enrichment & Recreation
Access to affordable, quality community-
based Enrichment & Recreation
opportunities for all
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PART I: Legislative Agenda

Alternative Education
Access to affordable, quality Alternative
Education programs for all youth at risk of
dropping out of traditional schools
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PART I: Legislative Agenda
Adult Education
Access to affordable, quality Adult
Education programs to prepare all adults to
earn a high school diploma/GED and be ready
for postsecondary education/training
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PART I: Legislative Agenda
Why Should the Legislature Support Community &
Adult Education?
It’s Efficient, Effective and Economical
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PART I: Legislative Agenda
What We Know from Research:
Children who participate in quality Preschool
programs are more likely to finish high school,
go on to college, hold a job, be self-supportive and
contribute to society.
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PART I: Legislative Agenda
What We Know from Research:
Students and adults who participate in community-
based Enrichment & Recreation are more likely to
finish school, stay out of prison, contribute to
society, stay healthier, longer and enjoy a higher
quality of life.
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PART I: Legislative Agenda
What We Know from Research:
At-risk students who participate in quality
Alternative Education programs are more likely to
earn a high school diploma/GED, stay out of prison,
and/or attain postsecondary education, training or
employment than those who drop out of school.
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PART I: Legislative Agenda
What We Know from Research:
Adults who participate in Adult Education programs
are more likely to earn a high school diploma or
GED, stay out of prison, earn higher wages, and/or
attain postsecondary education, training or
employment than those who don’t.
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PART I: Legislative Agenda
In today’s global economy, Michigan cannot afford
to continue letting its existing and future workforce
fall through the cracks.
We invest today in education, or we pay later in higher
social services, incarceration, loss of jobs, a decreasing
tax base and a diminished quality of life for all.
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PART I: MACAE’s Grassroots Network

Key Legislative Bodies:
  •Senate Education Committee (Standing)
  •Senate K-12, School Aid, Education Approps. Subcommittee
  •House Education Committee (Standing)
  •House K-12, School Aid, Education Approps. Subcommittee
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PART I: MACAE’s Grassroots Network

Key Legislative Bodies:
  Senate Education Committee (Standing)
     • Chair – Sen. Wayne Kuipers (R-Holland)
     • Vice-Chair - Jerry Van Woerkom (R-Norton Shores)
     • Sen. Nancy Cassis (R-Novi)
     • Minority Vice-Chair – Sen. John Gleason (D-Flushing)
     • Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing)
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PART I: MACAE’s Grassroots Network
Key Legislative Bodies:
  Senate K-12, School Aid, Education Approps. Subcommittee
     • Chair – Sen. Ron Jelinek (R-Three Oaks)
     • Vice-Chair – Sen. Cameron Brown (R-Fawn River Twp.)
     • Sen. Valde Garcia, (R-Howell)
     • Minority Vice-Chair - Sen. Michael “Mickey” Switalski
       (D-Roseville)
     • Sen. Irma Clark-Coleman (D-Detroit)
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PART I: MACAE’s Grassroots Network

Key Legislative Bodies:
  House Education Committee (Standing)
     •Melton (C) •Lindberg        •Amash
     •L. Brown(VC) •Nathan        •Ball
     •Bledsoe      •Polidori      •DeShazor
     •Byrum        •Roberts       •McMillin
     •Corriveau    •Sheltrown     •P. Scott
     •Geiss        •Valentine     •Tyler
     •Haase        •Pavlov(MVC)   •Walsh
     •Kennedy
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PART I: MACAE’s Grassroots Network

Key Legislative Bodies:
  House K-12, School Aid, Education Approps. Subcommittee
     • Chair - Rep. Terry Brown (D-Pigeon)
     • Vice-Chair – Rep. Richard Hammel (D-Mt. Morris Twp.)
     • Rep. Dudley Spade (D-Franklin Twp.)
     • Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit)
     • Minority Vice-Chair - Rep. Gail Haines (R-Waterford)
     • Rep. Chuck Moss (R-Birmingham)
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PART I: MACAE’s Network in Action
Legislative Process in Brief
  • Governor’s State of the State and Budget Presentation
  • Proposed Budget Bills by Chairs of Approps. Subcommittees
  • Subcommittees Refer to Appropriations
  • House Appropriations
  • Senate Appropriations
  •Conference Committees
  • Approval by Both Chambers
  • Governor’s Desk for Approval
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PART I: MACAE’s Network in Action

  2008-2009 Legislative Activities to Date:
     • Section 107 funding cut to $20 million in Gov’s budget
     •Working with Rep. Brown to restore funding to $24
      million
     •Working with Rep. Brown towards appropriate language
      for Section 107.
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Session Overview

PART 2:
  • Building Support at District/Regional Level
  • Communicating with Elected Officials
  • Plans for MACAE’s Legislative Day
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PART 2: Building Support at District Level
• Congratulate Newly Elected Officials with Intro Letter
• Include Them on Mailing Lists for Newsletters & Events
• Invite them to an Open House and Showcase Success Stories
• Have Them Help Present Awards to Students, Staff
   and Community Supporters and Businesses
• Invite them to Graduation Ceremonies & Ribbon Cuttings;
   have them Give Comments
• Always Acknowledge Them Publicly
• Always Follow Up with a Big Thank You!
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PART 2: Building Support at District Level
• Do the same with your District Supt. & Board Members
• Regularly Schedule to Present to Both
• Keep them updated on the latest Legislative Efforts (MACAE)
• Invite them to Join You for MACAE Events in Lansing
• Celebrate Successes (Balance Good News with Challenges)
• Send News Clippings and Photos After Events with Thanks
• Keep Them Posted on Issues Until Resolved
• Showcase Happenings on Bill Boards and Doors
• Meet/Call Local Reporters to Update Them Monthly
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PART 2: Communicating with Elected Officials
Before Meeting, Prepare One Pager with Following Info:
   1) Key Issue Summarized Succinctly
   2) Supportive Bullets (Facts, Figures, Impact on District/
       Constituents)
   3) Make the Case for Efficient, Effective, Economical
       (Accountable)
   3) Challenges (Potential Opposition/Negatives)
   4) Action Requested
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PART 2: Communicating with Elected Officials
Model for Conversations with Elected Officials (15-20 min.)
   1) Make Personal Connection to Family, District, etc.
   2) Key Issue Summarized Succinctly
   3) Support with Research-Based Findings and Data
   4) Add Local Anecdote (student, family)
   5) Reinforce Case for Efficient, Effective, Economical
       (Accountable)
   6) Mention Possible Opposition
   7) Make Specific “Action” Request
   8) Listen and Take Notes
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PART 2: Plans for MACAE Legislative Day
  • Date: Thursday, April 23, 2009
  • When: 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Where: Mackinac Room in Anderson House Office Building
            Noon Lunch
            Visit legislators after lunch
  • What: Community & Adult Education Legislative Day
  • New: Members Invited to Bring Student Guest
  • Action: Invite Your Legislators to Join You for Lunch
            Schedule to Meet with Them from 1:00-3:00 pm
  • Follow Up with a Phone Call to Confirm
  • After Event, Follow Up with a Thank You
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PART 3: Overview

  • Organize by Legislative Representation
  • Personally Contact Legislators (House & Senate)
  • Develop Regional Strategy
  • Prepare for Legislative Day
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PART 3: Personalized Invites
  • As soon as possible, call your legislators to invite them to
  lunch and to set an appointment
  •Call your Senator first – they have committee in afternoon
  •Reps have session at 12pm – ask to pull them out of
  session briefly
  •Invite their Legislative Assistant to join the meeting
  •Make sure you follow up regarding both lunch and your
  appointment.
  •Bring extra info for Legislative Assistant
Thank you for your participation—
       Hope to see you on
  April 23rd for Legislative Day!

								
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