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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

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

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)

Robert Enlow, EdChoice
Benjamin Scafidi, Kennesaw State University

Robert Pondiscio, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

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

Martin R. West, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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

Michael Horn, Christensen Institute

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

Macke Raymond, The Center for Research on Education Outcomes

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

Dennis Epple, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

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

Michael Poor, Staff Assistant
Phone: (617) 496-5488