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February 16, 2011 - Clarkston Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Rod Rock spent three days in the nation's capitol, returning with national insights into education.

"They were saying in Washington, even as employment rates decrease it still take time for the housing market and different revenue sources to come back," Rock said.

He was in Washington D.C., Jan. 23-25, for the the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy.

Ideas from the seminar include thinking beyond state and federal revenue, and working with Oakland Community College, Oakland University, healthcare professionals, Independence Township representatives and Clarkston Chamber of Commerce instead.

"We can collaborate and think together about our students, our mission and preparing them for the global economy," Rock added.

He was appointed by the Michigan board to go to Washington, D.C., and went last summer as well.

"It helps me to see where different legislative is for the kids in Clarkston and get updates from different representatives," said Rock, "It helps me connect with people from around the country and get their perspective."

The conference invited attendees from all over the country to find out information and hear insights on policy, politics and the effect on education.

The entire cost of the trip was covered by the Michigan Staff Development Council. Rock was one of three from Michigan to attend the conference. Rock heads to San Francisco at the end of March for the ASCD Annual Conference.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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