Mackinac Policy Conference Education Highlights

Last week, leaders from Southeast Michigan and across the state joined together on Mackinac Island for the annual Mackinac Policy Conference hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber. Talent and preparedness took center stage as speakers and panelists addressed the conference pillar, ‘Is Michigan Prepared.’ Highlights of the conference’s focus on public education are below, and more extensive education video coverage may be viewed on YouTube.

“We either go up together, or go down together” Education Keynote – John B. King, Jr. (The Education Trust, fmr. U.S. Secretary of Education)





Power of Collaboration in Education Reform – Doug Rothwell (Business Leaders for Michigan), Amber Arellano (Education Trust-Midwest) & Tom Haas (Grand Valley State University)





Democrat Gubernatorial Candidates on Public Education – Abdul El-Sayed, Shri Thanedar & Gretchen Whitmer



Republican Gubernatorial Candidates on Public Education – Brian Calley, Patrick Colbeck & Bill Schuette





Detroit’s New Era of Collaboration on Education – Mike Duggan (City of Detroit), Sonya Mays (Develop Detroit, Inc.), Mark Schlissel (University of Michigan), Nikolai Vitti (Detroit Public Schools Community District)





Having the Courage to Make Change  – John Rakolta, Jr. (Walbridge)






Capital Update

Joint House and Senate Conference Committees will meet on the FY19 state budget next week, with adoption by each chamber expected this month. For a full schedule of conference committee hearings, click here.

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