Tell me a little bit about your background.
So for about fifteen years, I worked on state campaigns, both legislative campaigns and then worked on a number of statewide campaigns for a governor and a president here in Michigan. So I did that for about fifteen years, and then, once my husband
An interview with MSU economics professor Charles Ballard:
Andy: The revenue for education in Michigan has not grown enough because of bad economic outlook in the long run and the short run. How does this impact Michigan?
This is part one of Andy Chou's interview with Dave Stafford, lobbyist for the Michigan Education Association.
Interview with Peter Spadafore, the Assistant Director of Government Relations for The Michigan Association of School Boards.
1 What is your educational background?Read more
Graduated from James Madison in 2007 specializing in educational policy
2 How did you make it to be the Assistant Director of Government relations?
I started out interning with the
This interview took place with Don Noble, a lobbyist for the MEA. It was conducted through a correspondence of emails from November 13 through November 23, 2009.
1. What did you do prior to becoming a lobbyist for the MEA?Read more
Prior to becoming a lobbyist, I taught Middle School Science for eight
Q: How would you describe the purpose of your organization (Michigan Education Association ), and who they serve?
A: We are here to provide the members of our organization with the tools they need to make their jobs easier and better. We are also here as well too work to advance
E: This interview is with Ed Sarpolus who is the director of Governmental Affairs at the MEA. Can you tell us a little bit about your job here at the MEA and a little about yourself?
S: Part of our role is dealing with the legislature on policy, and so as legislation
The following is an interview with Sara Mead, who as a Senior Policy Analyst at Education Sector wrote an extensive analysis: "Maintenance Required: Charter Schooling in Michigan"
November 25 2008
Mead: I now work for another think tank called the New America Foundation that can be found at www.newamerica.net