AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation's Center for Education Policy will host a panel entitled, "Local Choice: A New Idea for Freedom in Texas Education," at the 12thAnnual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature on Wednesday, January 8, at 3:25 p.m. at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol.
"Through the years, passing a statewide school choice program in Texas has proven enormously challenging. A local option choice program would give Texas voters a chance to enact school choice programs in their communities, and would give our state as a whole a chance to see how much good school choice programs can do for students when given a chance to operate," said the Foundation's Center for Education Policy Analyst James Golsan.
- James Golsan (TPPF moderator) is the Foundation's Center for Education Policy Analyst.
- Representative Scott Turner is a member of the Texas House of Representatives representing District 33
- Dr. Mathew Ladner is the Senior Advisor of Policy and Research for the Foundation for Excellence in Education.
- Monty Exter is a lobbyist for the Associate for Texas Professional Educators.
- Tom Currah is the Senior Advisor and Data Analysis Director for the Office of the Comptroller.
For twelve years, the Foundation's Policy Orientation has been one of the nation's top policy conferences, selling out each year while bringing together lawmakers, policy experts, and engaged citizens from across the political spectrum to discuss critical issues facing the Lone Star State and America. Last year's Policy Orientation attracted approximately 1,100 attendees including 100 state legislators and hundreds of legislative staff from both sides of the aisle.
This year's program includes more than 25 panel discussions and debates on the major issues affecting Texas' future. The program will be updated with additional events and speakers in the coming weeks. Members of the public and media who wish to attend may register and view the agenda here: http://bit.ly/TVGJeN.
James Golsan is a policy analyst with Texas Public Policy Foundation's Center for Education Policy, a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin.
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