The Future Of Education Reform
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Breakfast provided 8:00-8:50 a.m.
Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Between the struggle over Common Core and the reassertion of teachers’ union power in key states, the last few years have been a challenging time for education reform. And yet, with new avenues for parent power emerging in some states and a new Secretary of Education ready to champion choice in Washington, the cause of reform may be poised for a revival. We will hear from four leading thinkers in education reform about the state of the debate and the opportunities that may now be emerging.
JASON BEDRICK is director of policy for EdChoice. Previously, he was policy analyst with the Cato Institute’s Center for Educational Freedom. He also served as a legislator in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and was an education policy research fellow at the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy. He has published numerous studies on educational choice programs . And his articles have been featured in the New York Post, the Boston Globe, National Review, National Affairs, Education Next, the Federalist, and Townhall.com. He received his master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was a fellow at the Taubman Center for State and Local Government. His thesis, “Choosing to Learn,” assessed scholarship tax credit programs operating in eight states, including their program design, impact on student performance, fiscal impact, and popularity.
LINDSEY BURKE researches and writes on federal and state education issues at The Heritage Foundation. Burke devotes her time and research to two critical areas of education policy: reducing federal intervention in education at all levels, and empowering families with education choice.
Burke’s commentary, research, and op-eds have appeared in a wide variety of major newspapers and magazines, including The Boston Herald, The Washington Times, The Atlantic, and Time. She is a regular contributor of commentary to The Daily Signal. Her evaluations of school choice programs and options have been published by public policy foundations such as the Virginia Institute for Public Policy and the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.
She currently studies education policy and research methodology as a doctoral student at George Mason University.
CHESTER E. FINN, JR. is a Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at the Fordham Institute. He served as Fordham’s President from 1997 to 2014, after many earlier roles in education, academe and government. From 1999 until 2002, he was John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and previously at Hudson Institute. In 1992-94, he served as founding partner and senior scholar with the Edison Project.
The author of over twenty books, his most recent are Charter Schools at the Crossroads: Predicaments, Paradoxes, Possibilities (co-authored with Bruno V. Manno and Brandon L. Wright), published in 2016; and Failing Our Brightest Kids: The Global Challenge of Educating High-Ability Students, (with Brandon L. Wright), published in 2015. He has also written more than four hundred articles in such publications as The Weekly Standard, National Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, The Public Interest, Washington Post, New York Times, Education Week, Chronicle of Higher Education, Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, National Review and Education Next.
He holds an undergraduate degree in U.S. history, a master’s degree in social studies teaching, and a doctorate in education policy, all from Harvard University.
FREDERICK M. HESS studies K-12 and higher education issues as the director of education policy at the American Enterprise Institute. Hess’s work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, U.S. News & World Report, National Affairs, USA Today, the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and National Review. He has edited widely cited volumes on the Common Core, the role of for-profits in education, education philanthropy, school costs and productivity, the impact of education research, and No Child Left Behind. Hess serves as executive editor of Education Next, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, and on the review board for the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools.
He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government, as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum, from Harvard University.