School Choice: Better Education at Lower Cost
Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)
San Jose, CA
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The state of education in America is not good. Taxes are rising to meet the perceived need. But test scores and other meaningful measures of quality are not improving. What is to be done? School Choice holds great promise to improve education and lower the costs of education. But just what is school choice? How can it promise higher quality AND lower costs?
This unique program will answer these and other questions you have. Our Forum and Break-out sessions will bring together top experts in School Choice to provide a path forward for the education of our children and common sense economics.
Our experts are:
Williamson M. Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, specializes in research on education policy especially as it pertains to curriculum, teaching, testing, accountability, and school finance from kindergarten through high school.
Larry Sand taught elementary and middle school for over 28 years in NY and CA. Now retired, he is president of the non-profit California Teachers Empowerment Network - a non-partisan, non-political group dedicated to providing teachers with reliable and balanced information about professional affiliations and positions on educational issues.
Lisa Snell is the director of education and child welfare at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. She has frequently testified before the CA State Legislature and numerous other state legislatures and government agencies. She has written on school finance, universal preschool, charter schools, and other related topics.
Ana Rita Guzman is the founder and coordinator for the Mid-Peninsula Homeschoolers group in Palo Alto, CA. She has overseen the education of her three children, homeschooling them since birth, then transitioning to more traditional institutions when appropriate. She is a strong spokesperson for homeschooling.
The program will include an opening panel, in-depth break-out sessions and then a final concluding summary and way-forward session covering:
- history & relevance of school funding, competition and choice
- charter schools - in CA and nationwide, their origin, growth and promise
- vouchers, credits, rebates, and private scholarships
- homeschooling alternatives
- competition, creativity and costs vs. monopoly
Join us to better understand the promises and excitement of what real school choice can mean for the improvement of your family, school, community and country. This event is free of charge, but seating is limited. Please RSVP here.