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Obituary for RPCV Al Short

Obituary for RPCV Al Short

A native of Stryker Ohio, Short served in the Peace Corps before teaching in the Vandercook Public Schools, where he became president of the teachers union.

Obituary for RPCV Al Short

'Trusted' MEA lobbyist dies at 69

Nov 22, 2007
Lansing State Journal

Al Short fondly remembered as an education advocate

Al Short, a tenacious lobbyist for the Michigan Education Association, died Monday at the age of 69.

"He was an intense advocate for public education," said MEA spokesman Doug Pratt. "He spent time in the classroom and he knew that we needed to have the finest public school system in the state to ensure our future."

A native of Stryker Ohio, Short served in the Peace Corps before teaching in the Vandercook Public Schools, where he became president of the teachers union.

He joined the MEA staff in 1971 and became director of government affairs in 1986.

Lansing pollster Ed Sarpolus said Short encouraged him and his partners to form the polling firm EPIC/MRA after they lost their jobs in the state House when Democrats lost their majority in the 2002 elections.

Sarpolus said Short was involved in every major piece of education legislation since the 1970s.

"Even his opponents came to him for help on educational funding," Sarpolus said. "He was the most respected and trusted of the lobbyists. You always knew whatever he told you was the gospel truth."

No one has fought harder for public education, Gov. Jennifer Granholm said in a statement. "He'll be remembered for his tenacity and his passion for making Michigan a better place."

Short is survived by his wife, Pat, and three children.

Contact Chris Andrews at 377-1054 or candrews@lsj.com.

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