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Mrs A
Tue, 02/25/2014 - 12:28pm
Two meetings in Howell, two in Dearborn -- but Zero in Kalamazoo or southwest Michigan. What gives?
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 11:09am
Hi Mrs. A! Thanks so much for your interest in the Center's community conversations. There are several conversations coming up in Southwest Michigan. However, not every conversation host likes us to post information about their event on social media because of space constraints at their conversation venue. If you'd like some information about when and where these SW Michigan conversations are taking place, please email me at Thanks again!
Sun, 03/02/2014 - 9:15am
I do not know how meetings were scheduled, but there is none north of I 96 or west of Howell. As usual the northern Michigan and the upper peninsula are not considered at all. Roads and highways are important to us since some are being turned into dirt roads. But also very important is adequate funding of schools. Higher achievement tests for teachers will not help us if we can't afford to hire them or there is no chance for increasing wages for them over time. Our children will simply continue to get new and untested teachers year after year. And who wants to work for a school where you buy your own supplies and can't afford up-to-date text book electronic or printed.
Mon, 03/03/2014 - 11:05am
Hi Dr. R.E.I! My name is Amber DeLind, and I'm the outreach director for the Center for Michigan. I understand your concerns, and I want to clarify. We've actually held dozens of these community conversations north of I-96 and west of Howell beginning in October 2013; to see a full list of where we've been so far, check out the pin map on our website, We're concluding this round of discussions on April 6, and it just happens that many of our remaining large discussions are in Southeast Michigan. However, it is the central goal of our public engagement work that our discussions fully represent the population of Michigan, which is why we work hard to meet with Michigan residents from every region. If you didn't get a chance to attend one of the in-person meeting and want to share your opinions I encourage you to complete the online version of our conversation here: Contact me at adelind@thecenterformichigan if you have further questions or would like more information! Thanks for your interest in our public engagement work.