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School Choice: The Answer For New York's Twin Fiscal & Educational Crisis?

Thursday April 2009

Hundreds of thousands of students across New York State attend failing public schools. Catholic schools and Jewish day schools face a financial crisis that threatens widespread closures, displacing students and adding to district overcrowding. And, the state faces massive deficits that will force reconsideration of virtually every major program. Some would argue that school choice - in various forms - could be the answer to these crises. This event, co-sponsored by the Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability and the Manhattan Institute, will explore relevant academic research, and weigh the pros and cons of various school-choice options.

9:15 AM Registration
9:45 AM Introduction
Howard Husock, Vice President, Policy Research, Manhattan Institute
10:00 AM Opening Remarks
Malcolm Smith, Majority Leader, New York State Senate
10:10 AM What Does the Evidence Tell Us?
Marcus Winters, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
10:30 AM Actionable School Choice Proposals
Jay P. Greene, Special Education Scholarships, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
David G. Greenfield, Esq., Education Tax Credits, Executive Director, Sephardic Community Federation
Thomas W. Carroll, Religious Charters?, President, Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability
Joe Williams, President Obama's Lift The Charter Cap Plan, Executive Director, Democrats for Education Reform
Respondent: Sol Stern, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; Contributing Editor, City Journal
Moderator: Edward F. Cox, Of Counsel, Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, LLP; Trustee, New York State University; former Chairman, Student Sponsor Partnership