Education talk slated for Grand Rapids on July 25

Gov. Rick Snyder has detailed a veteran Lansing lawyer and political adviser to lead a reconsideration of how the state funds public schools, it was announced Tuesday.

Panel leader Richard McLellan says public hearings in coming months will gather comment from citizens on flaws and potential improvements in school finance.

No need to wait for those hearings, though. Since the beginning of the year, the Center for Michigan, Bridge's parent group, has been conducting community conversations around the state on, yep, K-12 education. These conversations are the foundation of a report the Center will draft for policy-makers at the end of the year.

CFM and its local hosts already have reached more than 3,000 Michigan citizens.

The next conversation will take place July 25 in the Grand Rapids Public Library's Ryerson Auditorium, and will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith will lead the discussion. Interested participants can RSVP at

Citizens unable to attend this or other local events, may go to the CFM website and take an online survey to give their thoughts on how to improve K-12 education. Just click here and start answering questions.

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