Future of education reform is topic at Rice’s Jones School panel March 2


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Future of education reform is topic at Rice’s Jones School panel March 2

HOUSTON – (Feb. 27, 2017) – Chester Finn, who for more than four decades has been in the forefront of the national debate about education reform, and local education leaders will participate in a panel on the future of this reform at Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business March 2.


Hosted by the Rice University Education Entrepreneurship Program and the university’s Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, the event is free and open to the public but registration is required by March 1.

What: Panel on education reform.

Who: Panelists Chester Finn, distinguished senior fellow and president emeritus at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a national education policy think tank; Celeste Barretto, school leader at KIPP Voyage Academy for Girls; Mike Olson, founder and executive director of Talent Unbound; Jyoti Malhan, principal at Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan; and Tamira Samuel, new teacher support manager in Houston Independent School District.

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, March 2.

Where: Rice University, McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium, 6100 Main St. Parking is available in the Central Campus Garage. For directions, see http://business.rice.edu/directions-and-parking.

In September 2009, Finn joined the Rice community for a conversation on the relevance of education reform, according to event organizers. Since that conversation, the nation has invested in Common Core (or in Texas, the math curriculum standards revision), Race to the Top and an evolution of No Child Left Behind into the Every Student Succeeds Act. New conversations of school choice and vouchers are emerging, organizers said, as well as discussion of what education reform is, how do we know if it is working and whether it is time to “throw in the towel.”

Finn and the other panelists will tackle those questions.

To attend, the public must register by March 1 at https://ricemba.wufoo.com/forms/z1n4y90a1xx6e3k.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.