The MANS 2019 Public Policy Day will be held on March 14, 2019. Join your colleagues from across the state, interact with policymakers in Lansing, and get the latest information on educational policy issues impacting faith-based schools.
We will begin the day at St. Mary Cathedral’s Parish Hall with registration, breakfast and prayer. Following, we will visit with legislators and their key staff. Building on previous year’s highly successful visits, participants will visit in small groups advocating for policies favorable to non-public schools and sharing the value of faith-based education. After your visits, we will gather in the Capitol Rotunda and North Hall for a welcome from Speaker Chatfield and lunch.
After lunch, participants will walk to St. Mary Cathedral’s Parish Hall for an afternoon featuring critical discussions on policy issues facing schools today. Topics include:
-Special Education and Non-public School: Janis Weckstein, Assistant Director of the Office of Special Education for the Michigan Department of Education, will provide an update on the role of the Office of Special Education and it’s impact on non-public schools.
-Michigan School Safety: Nancy Becker Bennett, Division Director for the Michigan State Police Grants and Community Service Division, will give an update on the school safety grant process that has been available to non-public schools for the past three years and Lt. Colonel Kelenske will discuss effective school safety measures.
-Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title IV: Fred Williams, Regional Support Unit Manager of the Office of Educational Supports for the Michigan Department of Education, will provide an overview of ESSA and the benefits of Title IV to non-public schools.
-Legislative Update: Brian Broderick, Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Non-public Schools, and Paul Stankewitz, Policy Advocate for the Michigan Catholic Conference, will provide an update on legislative issues facing non-public schools.