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Panel on the Future of Public Education, Sept. 15

As part of Hofstra University’s Debate 2016 programming, the School of Education will sponsor a panel discussion titled “An Agenda for Public Education” on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Since passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2002 with bipartisan support, the federal government has played an increasing role in establishing national educational policy and standards. The Republican Party platform leans toward returning more authority to the states and privatizing education. The Democratic Party leans toward maintaining the federal voice in education but has also been more responsive to parents and teachers. Panelists will discuss the future of public education in the United States.

Dr. Eustace Thompson, Professor of Educational Leadership, Hofstra University, will moderate the discussion, which includes the following panelists:

  • Carol Burris, Executive Director, Network for Public Education
  • Max Eden, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
  • Yohuru Williams, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Fairfield University
  • Leo Casey, Executive Director, Albert Shanker Institute
  • Kevin Welner, Professor, Educational Foundations, Policy & Practice, and Director, National Education Policy Center, University of Colorado Boulder
  • John Hildebrand, Senior Education Writer, Newsday
  • Alan Singer, Professor of Education, Hofstra University

Commentators for the panel include Dr. Andrea Libresco, Professor of Social Studies Education and Director of the minor in Civic Education, Hofstra University, and Elfreda Blue, Professor of Specialized Programs in Education, Hofstra University.

This panel discussion will be held at the Guthart Cultural Center Theater, Axinn Library, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public with registration. For further information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

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