Welcome to our third National Education Summit. I want to thank our sponsoring organization, Achieve, and I want to thank this distinguished audience for being here in light of what happened in New York and our nation four weeks ago.
Forty years ago today, nearly 2,000 citizens assembled in the Lansing Civic Center. At exactly 12:05 p.m., they witnessed Secretary of State Jim Hare officially open Michigan's fifth Constitutional Convention. At 12:47, 144 delegates were sworn in by Chief Justice John Dethmers. Thus began your work to give the people of Michigan a greatly improved fundamental law.