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The Future of School Choice: Helping Students Succeed
September 28—29, 2017

J. F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University

Sponsored by: Program on Education Policy and Governance, Taubman Center for State and Local Government

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Thursday, September 28

Conference Pavilion, Charles Hotel, One Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA

1:30 PM: Registration – Foyer, Conference Pavilion

2:00 PM: Welcome and Opening Remarks – Longfellow Room
Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University
Paul DiPerna, EdChoice

2:15 P.M.:

Panel I. Tax Credits, Education Savings Accounts, and Portability, and the Fiscal Impacts of School Choice
Chair: Paul DiPerna, EdChoice

Presenters:
Matthew Ladner, Charles Koch Institute
Martin Lueken, EdChoice
Benjamin Scafidi, Kennesaw State University

Discussants:
Jason Riley, Wall Street Journal
Betheny Gross, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Michael Podgursky, University of Missouri

3:45 PM: Networking Break

4:00 PM:

Panel II. The New Role of Government
Chair: Paul E. Peterson (Harvard University)

Presenter:
Robert Enlow, EdChoice
Benjamin Scafidi, Kennesaw State University

Discussant:
Robert Pondiscio, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

TBD
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum – Harvard IOP, Littauer – 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA

6:00 PM: Keynote Address by Betsy DeVos, United States Secretary of Education


Friday, September 29

Alison Dining Room, Taubman Building
Harvard Kennedy School, 15 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA

8:00 AM: Breakfast - Alison Dining Room (5th floor, elevator access only)

8:30 AM:

Panel III. School Choice and Non-Cognitive Outcomes
Chair: Joshua Goodman, Harvard Kennedy School

Presenter:
Martin R. West, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Discussants:
Gema Zamarro, University of Arkansas
Stig Leschly, Match Education

10:00 AM: Break

10:15 AM:

Panel IV. How Technology Can Create More Choice
Chair: Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University

Presenter:
Michael Horn, Christensen Institute

Discussants:
Diane Tavenner, Summit Public Schools
Steven Klinsky, Modern States Education Alliance
Susan Patrick, iNACOL

11:45 AM: Lunch

12:00 PM: Choice and Progress: The Newark Story
Keynote Address: Superintendent Chris Cerf, New Jersey Dept. of Education

1:00 PM:

Panel V. Charter School Impacts on Student Learning
Chair: Secretary James Peyser, Massachusetts Executive Office of Education

Presenter:
Macke Raymond, The Center for Research on Education Outcomes

Discussants:
Brian Gill, Mathematica Policy Research
Chris Cerf, New Jersey Department of Education
Nina Rees, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

2:30 PM:

Panel VI. Empirical Research on School Vouchers
Chair: Betsy Wiley, Institute for Quality Education

Presenter:
Dennis Epple, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

Discussants:
Patrick Wolf, University of Arkansas
Doug Tuthill, Step Up For Students

4:00 PM: Closing Remarks and Adjourn

We are grateful for the generous support of edCHOICE

For more information:

Antonio M. Wendland, Associate Director
Program on Education Policy and Governance
Kennedy School of Government - Harvard University
Phone: (617) 495-7976
pepg_administrator(at)hks.harvard.edu

Michael Poor, Staff Assistant
Phone: (617) 496-5488
michael_poor@hks.harvard.edu