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School Choice in Texas: Could Choice Help Children Trapped in Failing Schools?

Thursday May 2003

Many Texas children are getting a poor education and are being left behind. These children are most often found in high-poverty, urban areas. Can school choice do what decades of educational reforms have failed to do: Improve the quality of education for these children?

This conference features leading educational researchers, as well as leaders in the choice movement in Texas and across the country. These prominent speakers will discuss the impact and potential of school choice - both on the children who participate in school choice programs and those who remain in failing schools - and the prospect of school choice in Texas.

Can school choice improve educational quality and outcomes? What about the children who are left behind? What are the prospects for school choice in Texas?

9:00 AM Welcoming Remarks and Introduction
David DesRosiers, Vice President, Development, The Manhattan Institute
9:10 AM SESSION I: School Choice: Lessons from Research and Experience
Moderator: David Brennan, Chairman, White Hat Management, LLC
Jay Greene, Senior Fellow, The Manhattan Institute
Sol Stern, Senior Fellow, The Manhattan Institute
Lori Taylor, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Barbara Horton, Board member, Milwaukee Public Schools
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM SESSION II: Texans Talk: Why School Choice is Good for Texas
Moderator: Brooke Rollins, President, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Robert Aguirre, Chairman, CREO
Rev. Raymond Bryant, President, Dallas Chapter, BAEO
Linus Wright, former superintendent,Dallas Independent School District
12:00 PM Break and Reception
12:30 PM Luncheon and Keynote Address
Introduction: John Goodman, President, NCPA
Keynote Speaker: Governor Bill Owens, (R-CO)