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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.

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Grassroots Networking

Building Support for Community & Adult Education

March 26, 2009

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Grassroots Networking

Session Overview

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

Session Overview

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

PART I: Legislative Agenda

Overarching Goal:

Provide access to affordable, quality lifelong learning to all

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Grassroots Networking

PART I: Legislative Agenda

Early Childhood Development:

Access to affordable, quality Preschool for all 3 and 4-year olds

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Grassroots Networking

PART I: Legislative Agenda

Enrichment & Recreation

Access to affordable, quality community-based Enrichment & Recreation opportunities for all

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Grassroots Networking

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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Grassroots Networking

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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Grassroots Networking

PART I: Legislative Agenda

Why Should the Legislature Support Community &

Adult Education?

It’s Efficient, Effective and Economical

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Grassroots Networking

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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Grassroots Networking

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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Grassroots Networking

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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Grassroots Networking

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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Grassroots Networking

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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Grassroots Networking

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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Grassroots Networking

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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Grassroots Networking

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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Grassroots Networking

PART I: MACAE’s Grassroots Network

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

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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Grassroots Networking

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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Grassroots Networking

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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Grassroots Networking

Session Overview

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

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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Grassroots Networking

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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Grassroots Networking

PART 2: Communicating with Elected Officials

  • Before Meeting, Prepare One Pager with Following Info:
    • Key Issue Summarized Succinctly
    • Supportive Bullets (Facts, Figures, Impact on District/
    • Constituents)
    • 3) Make the Case for Efficient, Effective, Economical (Accountable)
    • Challenges (Potential Opposition/Negatives)
    • Action Requested
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Grassroots Networking

PART 2: Communicating with Elected Officials

  • Model for Conversations with Elected Officials (15-20 min.)
    • Make Personal Connection to Family, District, etc.
    • Key Issue Summarized Succinctly
    • Support with Research-Based Findings and Data
    • Add Local Anecdote (student, family)
    • Reinforce Case for Efficient, Effective, Economical (Accountable)
    • 6) Mention Possible Opposition
    • Make Specific “Action” Request
    • Listen and Take Notes
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Grassroots Networking

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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Grassroots Networking

PART 3: Overview

  • Organize by Legislative Representation
  • Personally Contact Legislators (House & Senate)
  • Develop Regional Strategy
  • Prepare for Legislative Day
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Grassroots Networking

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
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Thank you for your participation—

Hope to see you on April 23rd for Legislative Day!