For Immediate Release | Jan 23, 2012
StudentsFirst Announces Andy Solon as Michigan State Director
SACRAMENTO _ StudentsFirst and its more than 34,000 Michigan members are pleased to announce that Andy Solon has been hired to serve as Michigan State Director. Solon has worked extensively with members of both parties in the state legislature over the past several years. He has helped pass a number of important education reform initiatives in Michigan. He mostly recently served as Legislative Director for State Senator Phil Pavlov, chairmen of the Senate education committee. He previously worked for State Representative Tim Melton for a number of years.
"I'm looking forward to helping make significant change in Michigan on behalf of students," Solon said. "We've already made great strides in support of students here in Michigan, but there continues to be much more to do. We're excited to continue working with both sides of the aisle to promote education policies that put students first."
In 2011, StudentsFirst members in Michigan – parents, teachers, students and other concerned citizens – lobbied the state legislature to pass student-centered reforms. The changes enacted include reforming teacher tenure laws, eliminating seniority-based layoffs and implementing meaningful teacher evaluations.
StudentsFirst is a bipartisan grassroots movement of more than 1 million members aimed at transforming the nation’s schools so they work better for all of our kids. CEO and Founder Michelle Rhee launched the organization in December 2010. She previously served as the chancellor of Washington D.C. public schools.