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Educator from South Lyon appointed to state council

A local educator has been selected to serve on a statewide committee formed to develop a statewide strategy to grow Michigan’s population and economy.  

On Thursday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced she was appointing Chandra Madafferi of South Lyon to serve as a PreK-12 Workgroup Chair for the Growing Michigan Together Council.

“Led by four workgroups, the council will hold several meetings over the next few months, hearing from Michiganders firsthand,” said Whitmer. “They will then collaborate and continue working towards presenting a comprehensive strategy to help anyone make it in Michigan. Together, we will grow our economy and population and write the next chapter in Michigan’s story. Let’s get it done.”

Madafferi is the incoming president of the Michigan Education Association. After starting her teaching career in Huron Valley Schools, she worked as a health and special education teacher for the Novi community schools and served as the president of the Novi Education Association.

Madafferi holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Education in special education from the University of Michigan Dearborn. She has over twenty years of teaching experience and fifteen years of experience as a school program administrator. She is also a fellow of the Michigan Education Policy Fellowship program hosted by Michigan State University.  

The Growing Michigan Together Council was established with Executive Order 2023-04 and will advise the governor on specific policies to grow Michigan’s population, including identifying a population goal for 2050. The council will also look at ways to prepare Michigan’s workforce for in-demand jobs and emerging industries by proposing initiatives to improve preK-12 educational outcomes and long-term funding solutions for higher education including financial aid.

Additionally, to meet the needs of a growing, thriving population, the council will develop long-term, sustainable transportation and water infrastructure funding solutions.   

To learn more about the Council, visit: https://growingmichigan.org

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