Texas Tribune, Rice University to host daylong symposium on Texas public education Feb. 25

Amy Hodges
713-348-6777
amy.hodges@rice.edu

Jeff Falk
713-348-6775
jfalk@rice.edu

Texas Tribune, Rice University to host daylong symposium on Texas public education Feb. 25

HOUSTON – (Feb. 14, 2013) – Standardized testing, teacher quality and public education legislation will be topics of discussion at “On The Road: A Symposium on Public Education,” a daylong event focusing on the state of public education in Texas. The symposium will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25 in Rice University’s Baker Hall and is hosted by the Texas Tribune and Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Hobby Center for the Study of Texas.

Speakers for the event include state Sen. Dan Patrick, chairman of Texas Senate Public Education Committee; state Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock, chairman of the Texas House Public Education Committee; Margaret Spellings, former U.S. secretary of education; Michael Williams, Texas education commissioner; Gayle Fallon, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers; Rod Paige, former U.S. secretary of education; Linda McSpadden McNeil, professor of education at Rice; Susan Kellner, vice president of Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment; and former Texas education commissioners Robert Scott, Mike Moses and Jim Nelson.

The event will also include “A Conversation about Rice University” between Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith and Rice President David Leebron.

What: “On The Road: A Symposium on Public Education,” hosted by the Texas Tribune and Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Hobby Center for the Study of Texas.

When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25.

Where: Rice University’s Baker Hall, 6100 Main St.

A full schedule for the event is available at http://bit.ly/10ZLTNg.

The event is free and open to the public, but attendees must RSVP at http://bit.ly/11BH3Y4 or send an email to RSVP@texastribune.org. Members of the media can RSVP by contacting Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amy.hodges@rice.edu.

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Related Materials:

“On The Road: A Symposium on Public Education”: http://bit.ly/VPzPx2

Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy: http://www.bakerinstitute.org

The Texas Tribune: http://www.texastribune.org

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About Amy Hodges

Amy is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.