HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) - The Copper Country Association of School Boards held its 2017 Legislative Luncheon Friday afternoon.
110th District State Representative Scott Dianda and 38th District State Senator Tom Casperson were supposed to be in attendance but got caught up in Lansing Thursday night. They voted on House Bill 5013 regarding auto insurance, and weren't able to make the trip back to the Upper Peninsula. Ed McBroom, candidate for State Senate, attended the luncheon on behalf of Casperson, and Ken Summers, candidate for 110th District, attended the luncheon on behalf of Dianda.
The luncheon was hosted by teachers and administrators in Houghton, Baraga and Keweenaw counties to discuss policies on education. Dallas bond, a member of the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools Board of Education moderated the discussion.
"The luncheon just gives the school boards a chance to meet with their legislators and talk to them about legislation that affects education in the state of Michigan," says Summers.
McBroom and Summers spoke on a variety of school related subjects. One big topic was school funding, specifically for the intermediate school districts. "Currently tax dollars cannot go to towards for-profit private schools, and there's some people in the legislature in Lansing that want to allow that to happen," Summers describes.
They also spoke on the subjects of teacher shortage, school policies, gun control within schools and the calendar year, and how they can move forward in those areas.
"I think it was a really healthy discussion, it wasn't really a debate. This was an opportunity for the Senator's office and Rep. Dianda's office to come up here and talk about their positions. It was a good healthy discussion on policy and where policy is headed," says McBroom.