Rice University to host School Options Symposium Oct. 5


David Ruth

Amy Hodges

Rice University to host School Options Symposium Oct. 5

HOUSTON – (Oct. 1, 2013) – Rice University will co-host the second annual School Options Symposium Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Rice’s Duncan Hall.

The annual event is designed to help parents better navigate the maze of choices and requirements as they select a private or application-based school for their child. The event will include presentations by area educators and parents and keynote presentations by Melissa Marschall, professor of political science at Rice and author of “Choosing Schools: Consumer Choice and the Quality of American Schools”; and Shelby Joe, president and founder of General Academic, a company providing services to parents seeking advice on school selection.

“Any parent considering placing their child in a new school will benefit from the symposium,” said Marschall. “While we will primarily discuss private and application-based public schools, even parents considering sending their children to automatic-admittance schools will gain valuable insight.”

Who: Rice University and General Academic.

What: School Options Symposium.

When: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5.

Where: Rice’s Duncan Hall, 6100 Main St., Houston.

For more information, contact Amy Hodges, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amy.hodges@rice.edu.

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Related materials:

Melissa Marschall bio: http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~marschal/Home.html

School Options Symposium: http://www.generalacademic.com/school-options-symposium.html

General Academic: http://www.generalacademic.com/

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About Amy McCaig

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