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A Conversation on School Finance Reform

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The Austin Club

110 E 9th St.

Austin, TX 78701

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Join The Texas Tribune for a conversation on school finance reform with four members of the Texas Commission on Public School Finance: state Reps. Dan Huberty and Diego Bernal; Todd Williams, education policy adviser; and Nicole Conley Johnson, CFO for Austin Independent School District. This conversation will be moderated by Evan Smith, co-founder and CEO of The Texas Tribune.

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Huberty, R-Houston, has represented House District 127 since 2011. In the 85th Legislature, Huberty served as chairman of House Committee on Public Education. He also sits on the Pensions Committee. Previously, Huberty served as chairman of the board of the Humble Independent School District.

Bernal, D-San Antonio, has represented House District 123 since 2015. He currently serves as vice chairman of the House Committee on Public Education. He also sits on the Administration and Urban Affairs committees. Previously, Bernal served as an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in San Antonio.

Williams is the founding chairman and executive director for The Commit Partnership and also serves as the education policy advisor to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. He is a trustee and former board chair for Austin College and serves on the regional advisory board for Teach for America Dallas-Forth Worth, where he was the founding chair.

Conley Johnson has been Austin ISD's chief financial officer since 2009. She is responsible for the overall fiscal condition of the district and oversees the implementation and consistent application of sound management practices and controls. Conley Johnson supervises both local general funds and state, federal and private grant funding.

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This event is free and open to the public. Coffee and networking begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by the interview at 8 a.m.



The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Learn more and become a member at texastribune.org.

Our Conversation Series is presented by AT&T, PepsiCo, Walmart, Southwest Airlines – the official airline of Texas Tribune Events. This event is supported by the Texas Association of School Business Officials, Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium, Association of Texas Professional Educators, Texas Association of School Administrators, Texas Classroom Teachers Association and Moak, Casey & Associates. Support of the Tribune's public education coverage is provided by the Burdine Johnson Foundation, the Meadows Foundation and the Sid Richardson Foundation. Media support provided by Community Impact. Though donors and corporate sponsors underwrite The Texas Tribune events, they play no role in determining the content, panelists or line of questioning.

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